Smartphones to boost motion sensor market by 700%
The revenue for combo motion sensors is set to rise to $189.1 million in 2012, up from $23 million in 2011
The smartphone and tablet market has started to include combo motion sensors in its product lines, creating a surge in the market segment of more than 700% by the end of 2012. The revenue for combo motion sensors is set to rise to $189.1 million in 2012, up from a mere $23 million in 2011. Motion sensors have been around for nearly four years, but they were rarely adopted into product offerings. This sector started to take off only in 2011. Another surge in demand for the combo motion sensors will take place when the segment will increase 236% to reach revenue of $635.6 million in 2013. By 2014, analysts are projecting that revenue from motion sensors will cross the billion dollar mark. "Motion sensors-including gyroscopes, accelerometers and compasses-have become ubiquitous in smartphones and tablets," said Jeremie Bouchaud, director and principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at IHS. "Since these sensors work together and their signal must be fused, combo sensors not only save space, they are also easing implementation by offering a convenient plug-and-play integrated solution."
Combo sensors are a useful way to save space by integrating more functionality into a single package. Various configurations exist- but it was revealed that 6DOF (degrees of freedom) combo sensors are present in such recently released mobile devices like the Asus Nexus 7 tablet; the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone.