Automotive, 5G & IoT networks, and power management driving demand for T&M
01 April 2019
Extensively used in the design, development & manufacturing of products across industries, deployment of networks, and maintenance of services, electronic test & measurement (T&M) equipment is experiencing increasing demand thanks to the proliferation of electronics, connectivity & embedded intelligence in modern consumer & industrial devices, as well as emerging disruptive concepts such as 5G, IoT, electric vehicles (EVs), and connected & autonomous vehicles.
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Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director for Test & Measurement at consulting, market research & analysis firm, Frost & Sullivan explores the industry megatrends driving growth in T&M.
Autonomous driving, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), data centres, power management applications and new high-speed digital standards will be the growth engines of the electronic test and measurement (T&M) equipment market over the next five years. The next wave of growth has begun, with the technologies making their way down the product lifecycle, from research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Growing complexity and technology convergence will drive demand across verticals, with the largest opportunities coming from communications, semiconductors and computing industries, and the fastest growth in industrial and automotive verticals.
More and more consumer and even industrial devices now integrate electronics, connectivity and embedded intelligence to deliver ‘smart’ functionality as part of the IoT. “Greater complexity in end-user technologies calls for an increased cost of test. However, with RF proliferation in consumer devices, there is the notion that the cost of test equipment should follow that trend,” said Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director for T&M at Frost & Sullivan. “It will be vital for market participants to come up with a new approach to test in the coming years, as the traditional approach is not sustainable from cost and technical perspectives.”
Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Electronic Test and Measurement, Forecast to 2022, provides a comprehensive analysis of trends, perspectives and market forecasts. With the smart mobility concept, and new cellular and Wi-Fi standards, including 4.5G, 4.9G, 5G and 802.11ax, the demand for RF test equipment will be high, while that of digital test equipment will be fuelled by new standards such as PCIe5, USB 3.2 and CCIX.
Key growth areas identified by Frost & Sullivan experts include:
• Connected & autonomous vehicles – These technologies call for innovative test and measurement approaches to address needs through automation, as well as provide complete systems that cover electrical, mechanical and software aspects.
• 5G – With 5G, technical complexity has grown exponentially, with engineers requiring flexible and easily upgradable solutions. Therefore, vendors need to work with technology leaders early in the research stage to acquire the knowledge necessary to support customers through the next stages of the technology lifecycle.
• Power management applications – With the rise of EVs, IoT, smart devices and ubiquitous connectivity, design engineers for power management applications need deeper insight into their designs for maximum energy efficiency. Test vendors must focus on solutions that have better noise performance, are more precise, and can capture fast, small and unpredictable signals.
“The automotive industry, 5G & IoT, high-speed digital standards and power management applications will provide significant growth opportunities over the next five years,” said Cavazos. “In addition, stronger demand will emerge from medical devices. Significant opportunities will come from high frequencies, changing the face of the electronic T&M market over the next decade.”
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