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Automotive sensor technology to further shine: IMS

Posted: 14 Jan 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive sensor? ims research? image sensor? giantmagnetoresistance? ultrasonic sensors?

The automotive sensor technology is expected to continue growing throughout the decade, according to a new report, titled "The Worldwide Market for Automotive Sensors" from IMS Research.

IMS says radar, ultrasonic and image sensors are just some of the new types of sensors that will increasingly be used in emerging automotive applications. At the same time, new sensing techniques (such as GiantMagnetoResistance) are forecast to erode existing sensor technologies such as potentiometers owning to reasons of durability, packaging flexibility and cost.

Meanwhile, systems such as ACC, park/reverse assist and night vision all use advanced sensors like image, laser and ultrasonic sensors. Fitment of these systems in light vehicles is forecast to increase rapidly throughout the decade. Report analyst Jon Cropley, commented "Many of the high growth automotive systems are not only sensor dependent but also require high value sensors. The result is rapid revenue growth forecast for the market."

Industry pressures are also forcing existing vehicle functions to employ new measurement techniques and for sensors to be manufactured using new methods. Examples of these sensors based on new methods are: acceleration sensors based on MEMS (microelectromechanical-systems), AMR (anisotropic magnetoresistive) sensors and GMR (giantmagnetoresistive) sensors.

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