The global surface acoustic wave sensors market reached $997.7 million in 2010 and nearly $1.1 billion in 2011. The market is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.8%.
The Americas segment for surface acoustic wave sensors reached $276.9 million in 2010 and $274.5 million in 2011. The market is expected to reach $309.3 million by 2016, a CAGR of 2.4%.
In 2010 the U.S. market was $210.9 million and in 2011 that value decreased to $209.1 million. It is estimated that in 2016 the demand for SAW devices will increase to $235.6 million, a CAGR of 2.4%.
GLOBAL DEMAND FOR SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE DEVICES, 2010-2016
Source: BCC Research
BCC's goal in conducting this study was to determine the current status of the worldwide demand for surface acoustic wave filters and duplexers and to assess its growth potential over a five-year period from 2011 to 2016. We were particularly interested in the stimulation in demand for acoustic wave technology induced by the recent surge in the usage of handsets and tablets and wireless devices. In addition, we were interested in the market potential for new emerging surface acoustic wave sensor technologies.
Our key objective was to present a comprehensive analysis of the current surface acoustic wave technologies market and its future direction.
In addition to their traditional functions in national defense and industrial applications, surface acoustic wave technologies are becoming a significant component of the world's consumer electronics market. We were interested in determining where surface acoustic wave devices were being used and examined their growth potential. We also were especially interested in determining the technology types currently in use and their specific applications.
BCC has over the past several years examined the sensor industry. Within this time period, surface acoustic wave devices have emerged rapidly as a passive sensor having diverse applications; as a consequence, the use of this technology is changing fast and we wanted to conduct a thorough and detailed analysis and project its growth potential.
The scope of this study encompasses the major types of surface acoustic wave technologies. BCC analyzes each surface acoustic wave technology type, determines its current market status, examines its impact on future markets, and presents forecasts of growth over the next five years. Technological issues including the latest trends are discussed. Other influential factors such as the increased use of surface acoustic wave sensors detection applications by law enforcement and emergency responder entities are explored.
BCC analyzes the industry on a worldwide basis, both from a manufacturing and demand point of view. We examine government regulation and surface acoustic wave industry organizations and activities in major regions of the world. The role that surface acoustic wave sensor technologies play in wireless communication, industrial, military, and safety monitoring, as well as instrumentation is also examined.
BCC analyzed data produced by the U.S. government agencies industry trade association and international organizations to obtain data for this study. We also spoke with manufacturers of various surface acoustic wave technology types in the United States and manufacturers' associations in Japan. In addition, we compiled data from current financial and trade information sources.
Carlet Auguste is president and CEO of Efficiency Engineering Inc., a consulting firm that provides technology engineering services to corporations and nonprofit organizations. He consults regularly with government and private industry companies from a variety of fields of engineering to help create technology innovations for the private sector as well as government customers needing technology solutions for national defense. He previously worked for a U.S. government agency in the area of intelligence and security.
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