How modern connectivity, autonomous driving and power applications are growing T&M industry

09 October 2018

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Frost & Sullivan summarise how 5G, autonomous driving, IoT, data centres, power applications, and new high-speed digital standards are the growth engines of the electronic T&M equipment market for 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.

Greater complexity and technology convergence will spur demand across vertical markets, with the largest opportunities coming from communications, semiconductors and computing industries – and the fastest growth in industrial and automotive verticals. Market winners will be those who are able to meet the demand while addressing the specific requirements of applications.   

“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 fueled by new standards (such as PCIe5 and CCIX).

For further information on this analysis, visit Frost & Sullivan's page here.

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A few of the key growth areas identified by Frost & Sullivan experts include the following:

Autonomous driving – These technologies call for innovative measurements and test approaches to address needs through automation and other means as well as provide complete systems that cover electrical, mechanical and software aspects.

5G – Technical complexity with 5G 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 in the next stages of the technology lifecycle.

Power applications – Design engineers for power supplies and power sequencing applications need deeper insight into their designs for maximum energy efficiency. Test vendors should focus on solutions that have better noise performance, are more precise, and can catch fast, small and unpredictable signals.

Said Cavazos: “The automotive industry, 5G, power applications, high-speed digital standards, and power applications will provide significant growth opportunities for participants over the next five years.

“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.”

Global Electronic Test and Measurement, Forecast to 2022 is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Measurement & Instrumentation research and analysis – available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council: this helps organisations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.

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