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Technology Trends for Inertial MEMS

NEW YORK April 23, 2012

Technology Trends for Inertial MEMS

Infrared detectors present in our daily environment

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Even if this motion detector business is mature, it will continue to grow at a significant rate (CAGR 2010-2016 in value: + 9 %) driven by the concern for energy savings. In the coming years it will be increasingly used to switch off/on automatically lighting and appliances such as HVAC, TVs, appliances…

Another common use of infrared detectors is for non-contact temperature measurement for applications like human ear thermometer, or industrial pyrometers. IR detectors can also be used to detect gas, fire or to analyze materials. For those applications, the detector price can vary very much from single dollars to tens of dollars each. Here also, the business is growing driven by interest in IR detection: very robust non-contact measurement with a long lifetime.

The technology behind those applications is quite mature and use small detectors from one to 4 IR sensitive elements that can be made with two technologies: Pyroelectric sensors or thermopile sensors.

Large market players are entering the market

The Infrared detector industry was quite stable up to now with a few players dominating the business specially for motion detection: Perkin Elmer who sold its IR detector branch that became Excelitas (DE), Nicera (JP), Murata (JP) and Heimann (DE).

Some niche players (Pyreos, Irisys) have also developed innovative pyroelectric technologies (thin film, ceramic hybrid) that enable arrays of sensitive elements, but the volume sold are still limited to niche markets (counting people, gas detection, spectroscopy).

Large MEMS manufacturers are entering the IR detector business in 2011: Texas Instruments, Omron, Panasonic, Hamamatsu. These companies who have substantial revenues and resources, have developed thermopile detectors which are processed on their MEMS large production line (6 to 8”). In that position, they have very competitive production costs that will provide access to new applications. For instance Texas Instruments target temperature measurement function for portable consumer electronic applications (notebook, tablet…).

New large detector applications are adding further market growth

Large detectors (from 16 x 16 to 64 x 64 pixels) are developed to obtain advanced person detection functionalities meaning it is possible to locate the position of a person precisely in a space, to identify immobile persons (not possibly with motion sensors) or to monitor large areas. The end markets will be for home automation, for healthcare, or security businesses. On this "large detector" market, several technologies will compete: pyroelectric, thermopile and microbolometers. Pyroelectric and thermopiles are well advanced thanks to their position on small detectors, but need still to increase their detector size. Microbolometer technology is leading the infrared imager business where image resolution is higher than 10,000 pixels and prices of several hundred dollars. Microbolometer players (Ulis, Flir, NEC, DRS) have started to develop or investigate large detector applications, but the low cost target will be a big challenge for those players. Next year will be crucial to determine which technology will be the most adopted.

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Key features of the report

Provide market data on IR detector business

– IR detector unit shipments and revenues

– Sales forecast by application and by technology (pyroelectric and thermopile small detector, large detector with any technology)

– Market shares of IR detector manufacturers for both pyroelectric and thermopiles (Excelitas, Nicera, Murata, Heimann).

Provide an overview of the IR detector applications

– Applications: Motion detection, high end pyrometer, low end temperature sensors,

– Applications profile: application description, technologies used, size of the detectors, integrators profiles with name of the key companies, average pricing and main trends.

Analyze the IR detector players position

– Comparison of current players (Excelitas, Nicera, Murata, Heimann) and new entrants

– Analysis of new MEMS players strategies : Omron, Texas Instruments, Panasonic, Hamamatsu

Provide a technological overview of IR technologies

– Description of the main technologies: pyroelectric crystal, pyroelectric ceramic, pyroelectric thin films, thermopiles, microbolometers

– Comparison of the technologies and market share by application

Analyze the large detector emerging applications

– What are the main competing technologies and players

– What are the challenges to access to these applications and success chances for the various technologies

Who should buy the report

IR detector and IR imager manufacturers

– Identify and evaluate IR detectors markets with market size, growth and key customers

– Analyse the threads and opportunities of new market entrants

IR detector systems manufacturers

– Get the list of the top IR detectors manufacturers

– Spot the new potential suppliers with disruptive technologies

Equipment & Material manufacturers

– Understand the IR detector supply chain and its evolution

– Identify new opportunities and prospects

Financial & Strategic investors

– Understand the main market dynamics and main technological trends

– Get the list of the key players and emerging start-ups of the camera and detector industries.

Companies mentioned in the report

Ritsumeikan University

Table of Contents


Companies Cited in this Report


Market Research Scope and Methodology

Executive Summary p 9

Overview of Infrared Detector Markets p 22

Current IR detecting systems and pricing

IR detector supply chain with current key players

Infrared detector Market Forecast by Application

From 2010-2016 (in Munits)

Infrared Detector Market Forecast by Application

From 2010-2016 (in M$)

Infrared Detector ASP by Application

2010-2016 price evolution

Infrared Detector Breakdown by Application

Pyroelectric vs. Thermopile

Infrared Detector Market Forecast by technology

From 2010-2016 (in Munits)

Infrared Detector Market Forecast by technology

From 2010-2016 (in M$)

Overview of Current Infrared Detection Technologies p 32

Infrared Current Detector Technologies Overview

Technologies positioning

Pyroelectric sensor

Pyroelectric crystal detector – fabrication process

Pyroelectric hybrid ceramic arrays (Irisys)

Pyroelectric thin-film detectors/arrays (Pyreos)

Pyroelectric thin films arrays

Pyroelectric thin-films processing techniques

Pyroelectric film arrays – construction

Thermopile detector

Sensitive elements materials


Microbolometer Technology history

Microbolometer : aSi and Vox materials

Microbolometer process flow example

Technologies comparison

Infrared Detector Technologies

Application vs. Technology in 2010

Overview of Manufacturers Positioning and Technologies p 52

Players & Technologies for Thermopiles and Pyroelectic IR detectors

Players for Thermopiles and Pyroelectic IR detectors

Size vs. Maturity

Infrared Detector Players for Thermopiles and Pyroelectic IR detectors – Players HQ location

Main current pyroelectric and thermopiles manufacturers production data

Infrared Detector Players : Pyroelectric and thermopiles Market Share

Worldwide production

Thermopiles detectors MEMS manufacturers activity : Melexis

Thermopiles detectors MEMS manufacturers activity : OMRON

Thermopiles detectors MEMS manufacturers activity : Texas Instrument

Thermopiles detectors MEMS manufacturers activity : Hamamatsu

Thermopiles detectors MEMS manufacturers activity : Panasonic

Microbolometer Main Players Locations

Microbolometer Players Profiles

Microbolometer Players production for Imagers applications

Analysis of Infrared Detectors’ Current Applications p 67

Infrared Detector Applications : Price vs. Performance

IR Detector Technologies : Wavelength segmentation

People & Motion detection (1)

People & Motion detection (2) – Emerging energy saving market

People & Motion detection (3) – Synthesis

High-end pyrometer/ temperature measurement system

Low-end temperature sensors

People/Door counting (1)

Queue management (2)

People/Door counting (3) – Synthesis

Gas & fire detection


Large detectors for advanced presence detection p 80

Advanced Presence Detection Applications

Analysis of Large Detectors Applications

Technologies positioning

Current status of the potential technologies

Analysis of Large Detectors Applications

Technologies positioning

Large detectors for Advanced Presence Detection Applications accessibility

Challenges to access to these new applications

Optics critical role

Players developments of large format detector for advanced presence detection

Microbolometer Players position – NEC Avio

Microbolometer Players position – Ulis

Players positions

Large detectors for Advanced Presence Detection Applications Market

Conclusions on Large detectors for Advanced Presence detection

General conclusions p 94

General conclusions (1/2)

General conclusions (2/2)

Company profiles p 97

Main current pyroelectric and thermopiles manufacturers Market Data

Murata (JP)

Excelitas (DE)

Nicera (JP)

Heimann (DE)

Irisys (UK)

Pyreos (UK)

Current Microbolometer Foundries

FLIR systems (US)

Ulis (FR)

DRS technologies (US)

NEC Avio (JP)

To order this report:

Electronic Component and Semiconductor Industry : Technology Trends for Inertial MEMS

Market Research Report

Industry Analysis and Insights

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