Global Capacitive Sensor Market - Overview
A capacitive sensor is a type of proximity sensor which detects nearby objects through electrical field generated by the sensor. The sensing technology is based on capacitive coupling in which the input capacitance is obtained from the human body. A capacitive sensor can be constructed by combination of plates which holds the electric charge. Capacitive sensors have the ability to adjust sensitivity or threshold level of the input. The increase in sensitivity results in greater operating distance. Temperature, humidity and dirt can cause effect in case of big changes in sensitivity.
The capacitive sensors can be categorized on the basis of targets such as conductive and non-conductive capacitors. Metal and liquids such as water, blood are mainly targeted in conductive capacitors which are having high di-electric strength. The non-conductive category acts as insulator to the electrode of sensors. Materials with high di-electric such as dust, water and paper affects the sensing distance. When a voltage is applied, electric field is emitted from every surface of the conductor, behind the sensing area the probe is used to collect the emitted signals and helps in detection or unlocking the device.
The global capacitive sensor market research is anticipated to grow rapidly through the forecast period. The increase in usage of consumer electronics embedded with finger print technology in the devices is driving the market. The increasing use of scratch resistant glasses in consumer electronics and the decrease in size of the capacity sensors are fuelling the market growth. The shortage in materials such as Indium tin oxide which is used for manufacturing of sensors is hindering the market growth.
The prominent players in the market of capacitive sensor are- Infineon Technologies AG (Germany) 3m company (U.S.), Alps Electric (Japan), Microchip Technology (U.S.), STMicroelectronics (Switzerland), Synaptics Inc. (U.S.), Analog Devices (U.S.), NXP Semiconductors (Netherland), Cirque Corporation (U.S.), Cypress Semiconductor (U.S.) among others.
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Global Capacitive Sensor Market - Segmentation
As per the segmental analysis, the global capacitive sensor market research has been studied among the segments of components, sensors, and end-user.
In terms of components segment: Comprises of clocks and timers, data converters, audio & amplifiers, microcontrollers and among others.
In terms of sensors segment: Comprises of acceleration, proximity, position, humidity, and among others.
In terms of the end-user segment: Comprises telecommunications, automotive, energy and lighting, consumer electronics, aerospace and defence, industrial, and medical.
Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) are the main markets for capacitive sensor.
North America houses a huge number of world-known automobile manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors that make use of cutting-edge technology to enhance consumers’ driving experience. These companies integrate latest technologies with automobiles that are being manufactured. Capacitive sensor is used as a significant technology for gesture recognition and parking sensors to make phone calls, among other things. With the rising consumer demand for safety and development of smart cars, adoption of capacitive sensors is expected to surge in the North America market during the review period.
Quick adoption of innovative technologies provides organizations in Europe a competitive edge, which also benefits the capacitive sensor market. Another factor working in favor of the capacitive sensor market in the region is the soaring demand for smartphones. Rising application of these sensors in the healthcare industry also benefits the regional market to a great extent.
Mounting demand for consumer electronic products in APAC could accelerate the market’s growth prospects. Speaking of smartphones, some of the most esteemed smartphone manufacturers like Samsung (South Korea) are making use of capacitive touch sensors in smartphones. As per Ericsson, Asia Pacific had noted the highest number of smartphone subscriptions, which comes to about 2,077 million, from 2015 to 2017. Additionally, researchers in Japan are exploring new applications, beside traditional use in tablets and touchpads. To illustrate, researches are being carried for integrating capacitive touch sensors with 1-micron size of nylon fibers which could help monitor patients in the healthcare sector.
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Global Capacitive Sensor Market - Competitive Analysis
The Market of capacitive sensors appears to be highly competitive. To maintain their market position and to drive the market growth, various dynamic and diversified international organizations, domestic organizations and as well as new entrants form a competitive landscape. Market leaders are innovating continuously and increasingly seeking market expansion through various strategic mergers and acquisitions, innovation, increasing investments in research and development and cost-effective product portfolio. Major players are investing on internal R&D and, most of all, in acquiring other firms. Prominent vendors of capacitive sensors are targeting to invest more in technology and research and development activities to innovate their already existing products. The rising government funding is also expected to motivate key companies to invent new capacity sensors that match the changing trends and needs across the globe.
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