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Capacitive Sensing: Disruptive Opportunities in Key Sectors (TechVision) 

Capacitive Sensing: Disruptive Opportunities in Key Sectors (TechVision) 

  • May 2016
  • 86 pages
  • ID: 3898038
  • Format: PDF
  • By Frost & Sullivan

Summary

Table of Contents

Capacitive Sensing: Disruptive Opportunities in Key Sectors (TechVision) : Compact, Low Power Capacitive Sensors to Impact Touch, Motion, Proximity, Inertial Parameters

Capacitive sensor technology provides key benefits, such as a small form factor, low power, and immunity to temperature effects. This research service identifies and assesses key opportunities, developments, and innovations in capacitive sensors. Different types of capacitive sensor technologies are profiled, including MEMS capacitive sensors and soft, stretchable capacitive sensors. Key sensing parameters, such as touch, acceleration angular rate, pressure, humidity, gas, fingerprint identification, and proximity/position, are scrutinized, along with key applications for different types of capacitive sensors, such as consumer electronics and wearables, automotive, industrial, aerospace/military, and healthcare. The technology and innovation report covers:

-An overview of key technology and market trends impacting capacitive sensing
- A review of key technological and business challenges and drivers influencing the adoption and growth
- Overview of key developments and advancements (innovation landscape and profiles)
- Landscape of key application segments Key market/application needs and requirements that impact the prospects for R&D initiatives
-Market potential, growth opportunities, and roadmap
- Insights into the technological issues and market requirements that need to be addressed and exploited in order to capture opportunities

Key Findings

New Opportunities in Touch Sensing and Gesture Recognition

Capacitive sensors are finding new and expanding opportunities in touch sensing and proximity or touchless sensing due to the ability of such sensors to sense different types of materials (skin, plastic, metal, and so on) in a non-contact manner. Such sensors can also sense over a large distance and be configured in a small size.

Continued Growth Expected in the Next 5 Years

Projected capacitive technology has displaced resistive touch sensors in touchscreens for consumer electronics. Capacitive technology has potential to be used more for sensing position/proximity, and in conjunction with gesture input for human-computer interaction and gesture recognition, especially if such sensors have improved ability to eliminate unwanted electrically conductive objects or interfering capacitances and achieve reduced cost.

Consumer Electronics and Automotive are Key Markets

The market for capacitive sensors will be driven by their expanded use in touchscreens for consumer electronics (such as smart phones and tablets), also by expanding opportunities for MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) capacitive inertial sensors and soft, flexible sensors for motion capture. The small size of capacitive sensors, their non-contact sensing capabilities, ease of integration and capability for self-testing, will drive market opportunities in other applications for touch screens and in applications involving motion and position sensing. The expanded market for MEMS sensors will also drive market opportunities. Capacitive sensing technology dominates the MEMS inertial sensing market.

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