Infrared detectors are transducers of radiant energy that convert the radiation of the objects in the infrared range to a measurable form. Large-scale adoption of the IR detectors in the latest range of applications such as security, consumer electronics, and smart homes, is expected to drive the IR detector market. The use of IR detectors in temperature measurement and spectroscopy applications is expected to rise in the coming years.
The report gives a brief overview of the global IR detector market in the present scenario and discusses the history & evolution of these detectors. In addition, the report also covers the IR detector market by technology, spectral range, application, and geography. Classification for the global market comprises an extensive segmentation with market estimates and forecasts for each sub-market. The report analyzes the entire IR detector industry’s value chain.
Thermocouples/Thermopyles are formed by joining two dissimilar metals that create a voltage at their junction. This voltage is proportional to the temperature of the junction. When a scene is optically focused on a thermocouple detector, its temperature may increase or decrease as the incident IR fluxes increase or decrease. The change in IR flux emitted by the scene can be detected by monitoring the voltage generated by the thermocouple. For sensitive detection, the thermocouple must be thermally insulated from its surroundings. For fast response, the thermocouple must be able to quickly release the built-up heat. This trade-off between sensitivity of detection and the ability to respond quickly for changing scenes is inherent to all energy detectors. A thermopyle is a series of thermocouples connected together to provide increased responsively. Some of the manufacturers of this technology are Excelitas (U.S), Texas Instruments (U.S.), and Murata Manufacturing (Japan).
It also covers the drivers, restraints, and opportunities for the market. The major driving factor for the market is the drastically reducing prices of the detectors, as these detectors find new applications across various segments. This research study identifies the burning issues and market winning imperatives that are currently affecting the market. Besides, critical market pointers, such as Porter’s five force model of detector market, market dynamics, and manufacturers’ competitiveness mapping are also elaborated in the report.
In broader terms, the total IR detector market has been segmented according to the type of detectors and on the basis of various applications. The report includes data analysis for the IR detectors types, such as MCT (Mercury Cadmium Telluride), InGaAs (Indium Gallium Arsenide), Pyroelectric, Thermopyles, and Microbolometers. The total market has also been divided into various applications including people and motion sensing, temperature measurement, fire and gas detection, spectroscopy, bio medical imaging, smart homes, and others. An in-depth analysis of each segment with market estimation in terms of the value has also been given.
The countries contributing towards the IR detector market in Europe are Germany, France, U.K., and Italy. ULIS (France) and Vigo Systems (Poland) mainly dominate the market in the European region. Innovations in the InGaAs technology in this region have helped the development of new applications in the consumer electronics market.
The global thermopyles IR detectors market was valued at $110 million in 2013. This market is expected to reach $27 million by 2020 at a CAGR of 12% from 2014 to 2020. The market is projected to be mainly driven by the people and motion sensing and temperature measurement segments, which contributed around 65% to the overall market in 2013. Motion sensing will be mainly driven by the rise in development of novel consumer electronics applications.
The APAC region leads the thermopyles IR detector market, contributing to nearly 45% of the overall market in 2013. This high market share can be attributed to the presence of some of the key manufacturers like Murata (Japan), Hamamatsu (Japan), and ULIS (France). APAC is expected to have the highest growth rate, due to the expected growth in applications like fire and gas detection, spectroscopy, and temperature measurement.
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