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Analysis of the Global Oscilloscopes Market

  • December 2013
  • 89 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 1938195


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The Advent of a Smart World Supported by Electronics Signifies Growth

The oscilloscopes market is the largest and fastest-growing product category in the general purpose test equipment industry. Mega Trends regarding connectivity, convergence and the advent of a programmable world indicate a bright future for this market. In this study, key industry challenges, drivers, and restraints are identified to form the basis for the revenue forecast. The base year is 2012 and the forecast period runs from 2013 to 2019. The market is further analyzed from other perspectives including bandwidth. With increased competition, the competitive landscape is expected to change significantly over the next 3–5 years. A detailed market share analysis is included, identifying the companies expected to outperform the market.

Executive Summary

• The oscilloscopes market is rather large and growing, except for in 2009 and 2012, due to difficult economic conditions.
• In the next few years, Mega Trends regarding connectivity and a smarter environment will support a high, single-digit growth in this marketplace.
• Oscilloscopes are undergoing significant transformation as a result of technology convergence and are increasingly including capabilities from other instruments. This trend is expected to accelerate during the forecast period.
• Products are also evolving to provide more of a consumer device user experience with guidance from design and test engineers.
• From a competitive standpoint, the landscape has changed drastically over the last X years with the higher growth of several challengers and new vendors against that of the historical leader, and further changes are ahead.
• On the distribution side, there has been a move toward indirect sales channels for mid- and lower-end devices. This is expected to advance toward online channels in the long term while higher-end devices will continue to be sold through direct means.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Monitoring and keeping pace with the evolution of various technologies including USB, SAS, SATA, DDR, and PCIe is challenging but critical for success.
2. The high-end segment is critical to enable overall growth in the oscilloscopes market due to high profit margins.
3. Competition has increased notably for Agilent Technologies, Teledyne LeCroy, Rohde & Schwarz, and RIGOL Technologies.
4. Customers are asking for greater functionality in oscilloscopes. As the center of the bench, the oscilloscope is the tool of choice for integration.
5. The consumer electronics industry is impacting demand for better user experience with oscilloscopes.

Market Overview—Definitions

This market includes all types of oscilloscopes including:
• Traditional oscilloscopes: real-time and sampling
• Software-defined oscilloscopes Traditional oscilloscopes are in the box form factor while software-defined oscilloscopes based on VME eXtension for instrumentation (VXI), PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI), or are pc-based.

Bandwidth ranges included in the scope of this study are:
• Less than Xmegahertz (MHz)
• MHz to X gigahertz (GHz)
• Over X GHz to X GHz
• Over X GHz to XGHz
• Sampling Oscilloscopes —up to XGHz

The geographic scope is global and includes the following key regions:
• North America
• Europe
• Asia-Pacific
• Emerging Markets: Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
How is the competitive landscape changing? Which oscilloscopes manufacturers are expected to outperform the market and the competition?
What are the latest products? Are these new products offered today meeting customer needs, or is there additional development needed?
What does the market look like from a bandwidth perspective? How will this change in the future?
Where are the growth opportunities for software-defined instrumentation in the oscilloscope market?
What are the key Mega Trends expected to shape the future of the oscilloscopes market?

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