VCSEL Market Value Hits USD 246 Mil While 3D Sensing is Booming, says LEDinside

According to 2018 Infrared Sensing Application Market Report by LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, many smartphone companies have been developing 3D sensing embedded devices since Apple launched iPhone X featuring 3D sensor. LEDinside anticipates that the value of global infrared laser projector market for mobile 3D sensing is estimated to reach US$246 million in 2017, and is forecast to grow to around US$1.953 billion in 2020.

Infrared laser projector has three major components, including infrared laser (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser or Edge-Emitting Laser), WLO (Wafer Level Optics), and DOE (Diffractive Optical Elements), explains Joanne Wu, research manager of LEDinside. Current costs of infrared laser projector are around US$3.5 to 6, but is estimated to decrease in the future as the technology advances and supply chain strategy improves, boosting the market demand as the result.

Current solutions for mobile 3D sensing include structured light and time of flight (ToF). iPhone X uses structured light and its dot projector produces more than 30,000 dots of infrared (IR) lights on the face. Then the infrared camera receives the light reflected back from the face to create a 3D facial landscape.

In addition to 3D face sensing, branded smartphone manufacturers also actively integrate 3D sensing with augmented reality (AR). Therefore, LEDinside forecasts that 3D sensor may be incorporated either in front camera or in rear-camera. Manufacturers are expected to use ToF for rear-camera as ToF can scan a larger area with better performance in computing and data processing. Moreover, ToF corresponds to the patent strategies of 3D sensing technology providers.

LEDinside has researched on the supply chain of 3D sensing, and points out that algorithm, emission pattern and patent will be the three key elements for 3D sensing development in the future. VCSEL/EEL wafer and chip foundries (e.g. IQE, VPEC, Win Semi, II-VI, Epistar, HLJ, AWSC) have increased their production capacity. Major VCSEL/EEL packaging companies include Lumentum, Finisar, Princeton Optronics, NeoPhotonics, Philips Photonics, OSRAM OS. As for different algorithms, PrimeSense, Mantis Vision, Qualcomm/Himax, Intel, etc. now focus on structured light technology, and STMicroelectronics, Google/Infineon/pmd, MicroVision, Orbbec, etc. use ToF technology. Apart from Apple, Samsung and ASUS, Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and OPPO, etc all plan to release new phones with 3D sensing,

Smartphone brands are now deploying in the market and seeking for cooperation within the supply chain. But obstacles still remain for future development of 3D sensing market, including obtaining patents, developing third-party application, and increasing the performance-price ratio.

LEDinside 2018 Infrared Sensing Application Market Report
Release Date: 01 January 2018
Format: PDF
Pages: 230 pages
Language: Traditional Chinese / English

Infrared LED and Infrared Laser Market Overview

Infrared LED and Infrared Laser Market Scale

Infrared LED Market Scale
Infrared Laser Market Scale

IR Laser Market Technology

Market Opportunities- Surveillance Security

Market Opportunities- Biometric Systems

 Biometric Systems and its Pros and Cons
 Fingerprint Recognition
 Iris Recognition
 Facial Recognition
 2017- 2020 Biometric Systems Trend in Mobile Application

Market Opportunities- Iris Recognition

 Iris Recognition Instructions and Design Concepts
 Pros and Cons of Iris Recognition
 List on Mobile Brand Using Iris Recognition
 IR LED Specifications in Iris Recognition Market
 Potential Iris Recognition Supply Chain

Market Opportunities- Facial Recognition

 Facial Recognition Instructions and Design Concepts
 Intel RealSense 3D Camera Module for Facial Recognition
 OSRAM OS Facial Recognition Product Series
 IR LED Specification in Iris and Facial Recognition
 Potential Supply Chain of Facial Recognition Used in Laptop
 2018-2021 IR LED Application in Iris and Facial Recognition

Market Opportunities- 3D Sensing Market

 Extensive Application of 3D Sensing
 3D Sensing Technology Analysis
 Structured Light Technology
 Time of Flight Technology
 Time of Flight Technology and Market Applications
 3D Sensing Technology- Strategic Alliance and Player Status

Market Opportunities- Mobile 3D Sensing Market

 APPLE True Depth Camera to Boost 3D Sensing Technology
 APPLE True Depth Camera Light Source Specifications Analysis
 APPLE True Depth Camera Cost and Supply Chain Analysis
 APPLE True Depth Camera Product Structure Analysis
 APPLE True Depth Camera- IR Laser Projector Analysis
 Qualcomm Works with Himax to Develop Mobile 3D Sensing
 2017-2020 Mobile 3D Sensing Will Expand at a CAGR of 209%
 2017-2020 IR Laser Projector Market Value For Mobile 3D Sensing
 Mobile Brands Strategic Alliances in Mobile 3D Sensing
 Mobile 3D Sensing Supply Chain and Strategic Alliance
 Key Factor Analysis for Mobile 3D Sensing Market Development

Market Opportunities- Digital Healthcare

Market Opportunities- Proximity Sensor

Market Opportunities- Gaming Notebook Market

Market Opportunities- Optical Touch Panel

Market Opportunities- Food Inspection

Market Opportunities- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Market

Market Opportunities- Virtual Reality
Market Opportunities- Augmented Reality

Market Opportunities- Personal and Commercial Drone Industry

Market Opportunities- Automotive

 Infrared Sensor in Automotive Market– Applications
 Infrared Sensor in Automotive Market- Take OSRAM as Example
Market Opportunities- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) – Levels Diagram
 2015-2021 Market Scale By Level
 Car Maker ADAS Roadmap
 Eight Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Sensor Analysis
 Car Sensor- Executive Program and Process
 Car Sensor- Millimeter Wave Radar Technology Analysis
 Car Sensor- LiDAR Technology Analysis
 Car Sensor- Application Analysis
 Scanning LiDAR Execute Process
 Scanning LiDAR Specification Analysis
 Scanning LiDAR Manufacturer Analysis
 Flash LiDAR Execute Process
 Flash LiDAR Specification Analysis
 Flash LiDAR Manufacturer Analysis
 LiDAR Product Specification Overview
 LiDAR Laser Product Requirement
 Automotive LiDAR Market Restriction Factors
 Automotive LiDAR Market Supply Chain Analysis
 Low-Cost LiDAR Products will Enter Drone and Robot Markets
 LiDAR Market Opportunity in Drone Application
 LiDAR Market Opportunity in Sweeping Robot Application
 2017-2020 LiDAR Laser Market Value

Market Opportunities- Driver Monitoring and Warning

 Car Sensor- Instant Driver Monitoring to Avoid Accident
 Driver Monitoring and Warning System Becomes the Developing Focus of Major Car Makers
 Physical Detection for Drivers and Alerting Technologies Taking Audi As Example
 Automotive Sensing Market Supply Chain Analysis
 2017-2025 Infrared Share in Interior Automotive Market

IR LED / IR Laser Major Players and Target Market Analysis

 Major IR LED Manufacturers Movement and Target Market
 Major IR Laser Manufacturers Movement and Capacity Plan


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