Image sensors are used in a variety of applications ranging from consumer products like digital cameras to healthcare and industrial applications. Since the devices possess the ability to be printed on plastic substrates, they enable low-cost scaling of large-pixel, high SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) image sensors. Printed image sensors, otherwise called flexible image sensors, are made by printing electrical devices on various substrates around a curved surface, and are just a few tens of microns in thickness, thereby adding almost no incremental weight to a product. This ability of the printed image sensors presents new possibilities for product designers for designing and developing consumer electronics, like mobile devices and cameras, and finds applications in security and surveillance (biometrics).
The recent growth of the smart wearables has created the need for electronics and sensor systems that are small, lightweight, mechanically flexible, and low power. Therefore, the demand for printed image sensors is expected to grow during the forecast period.
The first company to fully commercialize the production of printed image sensors was ISORG, which is a pioneer in organic and printed electronics devices. This printed image sensor was developed by ISORG in collaboration with Plastic Logic, by combining ISORG's organic photodetectors (OPD) with Plastic Logic's organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) backplane.
It is the transition from R&D to commercialization that will drive growth in emerging applications. The high set-up costs involved in the manufacture of the printed image sensors are likely to hinder the growth of the market.
Consumer Electronics Expected to Have a Significant Market Potential
Consumer electronics is the largest market for the printing image sensor industry, owing to the high share of smartphones and tablets in the overall image sensor market for consumer electronics. Enhanced smartphone cameras, along with the inclusion of a secondary camera and dual camera, have expanded the image sensor market.
APAC to be the Largest Market
Demand for image sensors is mainly driven by consumer electronics, which include smartphones and tablets, cameras, computers, and wearable. Increasing demand for dual cameras in smartphones and tablets contributes to the demand for image sensors. Since printed image sensors can be a lightweight and flexible replacement for image sensors, the printed image sensors market is expected to find huge market potential in the same regions as the image sensors.
Automotive is another application that will contribute to the growth of the printed image sensor market in APAC, mainly in China. The use of integrated dashboards in advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) for automotive applications is also expected to contribute to the growth of the printed image sensors market.
Key Developments in the Market:
- October 2016 - ISORG and FlexEnable have achieved a breakthrough in biometric sensors by developing the world's first large-area flexible fingerprint sensor on plastic. This development of printed image sensors provides end users in automotive and other industries that use image sensors for security and surveillance a cost-effective replacement for the conventional image sensors.
- Analyzing the advancements in printed image sensors market changing market scenario
- Analyzing various perspectives of the market with the help of Porter’s five forces analysis
- Identifying the type of service and end-user is expected to dominate the market
- Identifying the regions that are expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period
- Identify the latest developments, market shares, and strategies employed by the major market players
- 3 month analyst support, along with the Market Estimate sheet (in Excel)
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1.1 Key Deliverables of the Study
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Market Definition
1.4 Key Findings of the Study
2. Research Approach and Methodology
3. Executive Summary
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Factors Driving the Market
4.2.1 Emerging Need for Lightweight, Mechanically Flexible, and Low-power Electronics and Sensors
4.3 Factors Restraining the Market
4.3.1 High Set-Up Investment
4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products or Services
4.4.5 Competitive Rivalry among Existing Competitors
5. Global Printed Image Sensors Market Segmentation
5.1 By Printing Technology
5.1.1 Inkjet Printing
5.1.2 Screen Printing
5.1.3 Flexographic Printing
18.104.22.168 Offset Lithography
22.214.171.124 Aerosol Printing
126.96.36.199 3D Printing
5.2 By End-user Industry
5.2.1 Consumer Electronics
5.2.4 Automotive and Transportation
5.3 By Region
5.3.1 North America
5.3.4 Latin America
5.3.5 Middle East & Africa
6. Competitive Intelligence - Company Profiles
7. Investment Analysis
8. Outlook of Global Printed Image Sensors Market