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The Global MEMS-Based Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) Market is expected to CAGR of 10.4% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit the market for MEMS-based IMU owing to the shutdown of several manufacturing industries. However, automakers globally have faced increased pressure to shut down their factories owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after the federal, state, and local governments started recommending people stay in their homes as much as possible. This has caused supply chain disruptions across various industries.
For instance, Ford and General Motors suspended the production at their respective manufacturing facilities in North America amid the coronavirus outbreak. Honda North America and BMW also closed their plants throughout the U.S. and Europe owing to an expected decline in demand for cars related to the global coronavirus outbreak.
- The growth of the MEMS-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) market is largely fueled by the increase in the number of applications, technological advancements, and the increasing demand in emerging countries, such as Asia-Pacific. The MEMS technology plays a major role in expanding the application base for inertial measurement systems, by scaling down the size and power consumption of these devices, without compromising on their performance metrics and thereby driving the growth of the market.
- The MEMS-based inertial measurement unit market is growing as MEMS inertial sensors used in the unit offer extremely robust, reliable, fast, and temperature-stable characteristics and can detect even the smallest changes in position and acceleration. Furthermore, the growing development of IoT devices are driving the growth of the market.
- The internal components of MEMS IMU needs to be protected from harsh environments such as heat, moisture, and corrosive chemicals. However, the high sensitivity to fabrication and environmental variations makes the packaging of IMU sensors such as micromachined gyroscopes a challenging task and increases the packaging cost and thereby hampers the growth of the market.
Key Market Trends
Automotive Sector to Account for a Major Share
- The latest generation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles require a very precise inertial measurement unit to accurately predict the motion of a vehicle to determine its exact position in real-time, thereby driving the growth for the MEMS-based inertial measurement unit market.
- The demand for the MEMS-based inertial measurement unit in automotive is increasing as they provide accuracy and reliability which is needed for advanced automotive applications up to and including totally automated L5 level driving applications that are expected to become a significant factor in the emerging future applications.
- The increase in the number of production plants for passenger and commercial vehicles due to the high demand for these vehicles and the presence of rapidly expanding economies are likely to boost the growth of the market. Furthermore, several companies are investing heavily in autonomous cars which are fuelling the growth of the market.
- Moreover, in June 2020, Analog Devices, Inc. announced its high-precision inertial measurement unit (IMU) was selected by CHC Navigation to enable its next-generation, real-time kinematic (RTK) rover receiver, which can achieve high-precision and high-efficiency positioning and measurement at any position through the combination of satellite and inertial positioning.
- MEMs based inertial measurement units offer the promise of size and process suitable for the automotive market.With the evolution towards autonomous driving the demand for the market is expected to increase multiple-fold for safety-based applications and create opportunities in the market.
North America to Hold the Largest Market Share
- North America is expected to hold the largest market share, mainly attributed to the high defense budgets. The United States allocates the maximum budget for defense spending. With the country accounting for more than 38% of the overall defense expenditure, the market is expected to remain a dominant sector in the industry.
- The US military uses a navigation-grade inertial measurement unit developed by Northrop Grumman. This miniaturized unit is based on MEMS technology, to enable navigation by sensing acceleration and angular motion, providing data outputs used by vehicle control systems for guidance.
- The increase in the production of helicopters and commercial aircraft creates huge potential market opportunities for MEMS-based IMUs. The US aerospace industry exports more than 60% of the total aerospace production. As a result, various foreign firms are attracted to the US aerospace market, as it is the largest market in the world, employing a skilled and hospitable workforce, with diverse offerings and extensive distribution systems.
- US-based Collins Aerospace has strong experience in the development of inertial sensors and MEMS technology. The company is increasingly targeting the aerospace and defense sector and witnessed significant growth over the past decade. Recently, in February 2021, the company also won a USD 34 million contract for USAF F-16, B-2 sustainment.
- In addition, with the increased usage of location services for turn-by-turn navigation, the growing need for GPS or GNSS technologies are also finding applications in regional, UAV, drones and robots manufacturing sector. These industries in the region are witnessing massive investments which are expected to create massive growth opportunities for the studied market vendors. For instance, in June 2020, US-based drone company, DroneBase, raised USD 7.5 million in a series C round of funding from DJI, Valor Equity Partners, and Union Square Ventures. In August 2020, Amazon won FAA approval for its Prime Air drone delivery fleet, joining UPS and Wing from Alphabet.
The MEMS-based inertial measurement unit market is moderately fragmented. Overall, the competitive rivalry among existing competitors is high. Moving forward, acquisitions and partnerships of large companies are focused on innovation. Some of the key players in the market are Honeywell International Inc., Analog Devices Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH, and STMicroelectronics International N.V.
- January 2021 - Honeywell, with funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), announced that it is creating the next generation of inertial sensor technology that would one day be used in both commercial and defense navigation applications. According to recent findings from Honeywell, the new sensors are greater than an order of magnitude more accurate than Honeywell's HG1930 IMU product, a tactical-grade product with more than 150,000 units currently in use.
- October 2020 - Inertial Labs started offering a new industrial-grade IMU for aerospace and defense applications, among others. The company's Kernel-100 is a compact, self-contained strap-down IMU that measures linear acceleration and angular rates with three-axis MEMS accelerometers and three-axis MEMS gyroscopes.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
- 1.2 Scope of the Study
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4 MARKET DYNAMICS
- 4.1 Market Overview
- 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
- 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
- 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
- 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
- 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
- 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
- 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
- 4.4 Market Drivers
- 4.4.1 Increasing Number of Emerging Applications
- 4.4.2 Increasing Adoption of Low-cost MEMS-based IMUs
- 4.5 Market Restraints
- 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION
- 5.1 End-user Industry
- 5.1.1 Consumer
- 5.1.2 Automotive
- 5.1.3 Medical
- 5.1.4 Aerospace and Defense
- 5.1.5 Industrial
- 5.1.6 Others End-user Industries
- 5.2 Geography
- 5.2.1 North America
- 5.2.2 Europe
- 5.2.3 Asia Pacific
- 5.2.4 Rest of the World
6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
- 6.1 Company Profiles
- 6.1.1 Honeywell International Inc.
- 6.1.2 Analog Devices Inc.
- 6.1.3 TDK Corporation
- 6.1.4 Bosch Sensortec GmbH
- 6.1.5 STMicroelectronics International NV
- 6.1.6 Xsens Technologies BV
- 6.1.7 NXP Semiconductors NV
- 6.1.8 Sensonor AS
- 6.1.9 Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH
- 6.1.10 Silicon Sensing Systems Limited
- 6.1.11 Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd
- 6.1.12 MEMSIC Inc.
7 INVESTMENT ANALYSIS
8 FUTURE OF THE MARKET