The latest press release from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) predicts good news for semiconductor suppliers in the short term.
WSTS expects the overall market to grow 6.5% in 2014 (from 2013) to reach total annual revenues of US$325 billion. It stated “All major product categories will show a high single digit growth rate, except microprocessors which will show a soft decline. The growth will be largely driven by smartphones, tablets and automotive. The highest growth rates are shown for the Analog (9.1%) and Sensor (9.1%) category. ”
SensiAn Research’s assumption is that while overall microprocessor revenue may be falling the market for microcontrollers is growing as many low power devices associated with IoT (wearable devices, beacons, etc.) are growing rapidly.
WSTS predict that overall market growth will continue into 2015 and 2016 reaching US$350 billion in 2016.
Wearables and Beacons come together in a system to track the elderly and vulnerable in the home. CarePredict is soon to start shipping an activity monitor and beacon system that can continuously track a persons movements and vital signs and then transmit them via beacons/hubs situated around the home to a loved one or care professional.
Uses Bluetooth for communication between the 2 devices, Wi-Fi to send data to the cloud and then alerts, when needed, can be sent over a cellular network.
Atmel is to acquire Newport Media strengthening its Wi-Fi portfolio (building on Osmo purchase in 2013) as well as adding Bluetooth capability, making Atmel a stronger competitor in IoT.
Its wireless connectivity portfolio is looking very strong and builds on its work on low power micros for IoT applications.
A new Pressure sensor has been announced that uses Bluetooth Smart for connection to a smartphone. It is able to operate on a coin cell battery for 18+ months. http://ow.ly/yEKSj
InvenSense make two more strategic acquisitions: Movea & Trusted Positioning, follows on from its acquisition of Analog Devices’ MEMS microphone business in 2013. InvenSense have gone from strength to strength since going public and its enabled it to expand the breadth of its offering and open up new markets, giving it the opportunity to operate a new level. http://ow.ly/yUcX7
PNI Sensor announces co-processor/sensor hub at Sensors Expo supporting all Android 4.4 KitKat sensors http://ow.ly/yrqr5
Sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, altimeters, proximity, etc can all be accommodated.