The sensor industry is witnessing substantial technological advancements across IT & telecommunication and electronics industry. Developments in electronics industry that saw the introduction of an upgraded 3D sensor has changed the way services are being delivered in the sensor business. Rise in demand for smartphones and increased requirement for improving performance of electronic devices is driving the growth of the 3D sensor market.
Such sensors find a number of applications in different industry verticals such as consumer electronics, healthcare, industrial robotics, automotive, and security and surveillance. The market for 3D sensors is forecast to reach US$ 2,556.6 Mn by 2026 from US$ 1,292.2 Mn in 2016, recording a CAGR of 7.2%.
The 3D sensor market has seen demand traction due to rising demand for smartphones, with consumer electronics holding the largest share. One of the most important features in mobile communications is to unlock the mobile by 3D face recognition as a replacement of fingerprint or PIN. Making authentication more convenient and more secure, it may soon become indispensable for mobile payment applications and mobile ID. Healthcare, automotive, and aerospace & defense are the leading verticals in terms of adopting 3D imaging which provides a number of advantages for inspection applications. These are some drivers that are expected to drive the 3D sensor market during the forecast period.
The global 3D sensor market is broadly segmented in terms of type, technology, end use, and region. By type, the global 3D sensor market is segmented into image sensor, position sensor, acoustic sensor, proximity sensor, and others. Among all the sensor types, the image sensor segment held the highest market share of 48.83% in 2017. Image sensors offer artificial intelligence in smartphones introduced by some of the leading players such as Apple.
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Apple has already taken the lead to include image sensors in their smartphones, and other companies are also following the same trend. Hence, the image sensor segment is anticipated to be the dominant segment with the highest CAGR of 7.9%. By technology, the global 3D sensor market is segmented into stereo vision, time-of-flight, structured sensor, infrared sensor technology, and hall technology.
Among these technologies, time-of-flight contributed the largest market share of 37.18% in 2017 and is anticipated to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to increasing adoption in multiple applications. This is mainly due to much higher frame provided by time-of-flight compared to other technologies.