We will present a 2011-2017 market forecast for uncooled IR cameras, as well as the latest trends in supply chain evolution. We will review thermography, commercial vision, and military vision applications. Indeed, the Long Wave IR camera market has grown significantly in the last 10 years, thanks to strong cost reduction brought on by low-cost IR detectors/ microbolometers. This has led to the development of many new commercial markets, and it is expected that IR camera volumes will increase significantly thanks to lower prices.
The (uncooled) IR business is mostly driven by the commercial market, which is expanding at a high rate into three main markets: Thermography, Automotive, and Surveillance/CCTV. We estimate that thermography sales will increase thanks to the maintenance segment, and especially the building inspection segment, which is being pushed worldwide by an increased emphasis on energy-savings policies. Meanwhile, the Automotive market and Surveillance/CCTV market will both contribute to the growth of the Commercial Vision market.
On the military vision side, we expect this market to grow as well, but at a lower rate compared to commercial. Thermal weapon sights, the largest military infrared market, will decline due to US market saturation. Other applications (vehicle vision, portable vision, and remote weapon stations) are growing at a higher rate, thanks to lower camera prices and increased soldier and vehicle situation awareness needs.
We will also review evolution of the business model. Up until now, the majority of business was done at the camera and detector level. Cores were an intermediate, limited business -- but they have the advantage of being able to simplify the detector integration for camera manufacturers, and add value to detectors for detector manufacturers. Thus, we expect IR camera cores to become an increasingly strategic step in the value chain.
Lastly, we will review the latest technical trends for microbolometers.
Since 1998, Dr Eric Mounier is a co-founder of Yole Développement, a market research company based in France. At Yole Développement, Dr. Eric Mounier is in charge of market analysis for MEMS, equipment & material. He is Chief Editor of Micronews, and MEMS’Trends magazines. Dr. Eric Mounier has a PhD in microelectronics from the INPG in Grenoble.
Jeff Perkins has been working with emerging technologies for over 20 years and is responsible for Yole’s activities and Business Development in North America. Jeff has a BS in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
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