Tablets, Cameras and Fitness Help Drive Fourfold Increase in GPS/GNSS IC Shipments by 2016

Oyster Bay, New York - 07 Jun 2011

Consumer and precision GPS shipments are forecast to reach two billion by 2016, as new high volume verticals emerge. Along the way, the market will shift away from standalone ICs, to include combo chips and embedded GNSS solutions, with greater emphasis placed on alternative location.

 

“As forecast, the market is now expanding into new vertical markets such as tablets, cameras and fitness,” says ABI Research senior analyst Patrick Connolly. “These are high volume segments and will require variations in design. As a result, companies increasingly need to take these requirements into account to drive growth and market share.”

 

ABI Research forecasts that Glonass will become a standard feature as early as 2013, while Compass will also be important in coming years. Similarly, sensor location support is a must-have, with leading IC designers developing unified platforms with open APIs that enable device OEMs to incorporate this easily.

 

“Alternative location has emerged as another must-have in 2011/12,” adds practice director Dominique Bonte. “This is partly to support a better user experience but also to enable customers to address the growing LBS (Location-Based Services) and LBA (Location-Based Advertising) markets. The ability to offer A-GPS, Wi-Fi location, and MEMs will be an important differentiator in the cellular market.”

 

Qualcomm’s success in the non-CDMA cellular and tablet markets has reinforced the threat of embedded GPS. Companies now consider developing this function in-house, or partnering with leading processor manufacturers. Combo-GPS ICs have yet to achieve success in a mass market device, and some predict the technology will fail to achieve uptake. ABI Research nonetheless believes there will still be a significant market for this solution, with a variety of second generation combo-GPS ICs now available.

 

The precision GPS market underwent a very difficult 2008/09 with the global economic climate, falling agricultural prices and low-cost Asian competition all taking their toll. However, ABI Research has forecast these markets to recover and continue growing over the forecast period.

 

ABI Research’s “GPS Semiconductors” study provides forecasts and analysis for consumer and precision GPS ICs as the market shifts from ICs to combo chips and embedded GNSS solutions.

 

It is included in four ABI Research Services: Location Platforms and Enablers, Wireless Connectivity, Connected Car, and Commercial Telematics.

 

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 30+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides strategic guidance to visionaries, delivering actionable intelligence on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces across the world. ABI Research's global team of analysts publish groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms, empowering our clients to stay ahead of their markets and their competitors.

ABI Research提供开创性的研究和战略指导,帮助客户了解日新月异的技术。 自1990年以来,我们已与全球数百个领先的技术品牌,尖端公司,具有远见的政府机构以及创新的贸易团体建立了合作关系。 我们帮助客户创造真实的业务成果。

For more information about ABI Research's services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.

Contact ABI Research

Media: Interview an Analyst

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670