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Market Trends: Smart Meters Continue to Drive Semiconductor Growth, Worldwide, 2011

Published: 17 June 2011

ID: G00214065

Analyst(s): Adib Carl Ghubril

Summary

The rise in smart meter production during the past two years bodes well for broad-line semiconductor manufacturers. Yet the utility business model remains strained and could frustrate chip vendors' and device makers' prospects unless a delivery system that improves consumer participation is devised.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

Trends in the Market

Market: The Market for Smart Meter Electronics Is Expected to Grow at a Compound Growth Rate of 32% During the Next Five Years

  • Policy: Successful Bids Will Be Supported by Established Electronics Vendors
  • Technology: Co-opetition, Convergence and Convenience
    • Communications Conundrum Leading to Co-opetition and the Heterogeneous Network
    • Electronic Enhancements Fueled by Convergence
  • Energy Management Gateway: Resolving Consumer Anxiety Through Information Provision
    • A Plausible Development Road Map for the EMG

Contrarian View: Customer Outrage and Anxiety Could Derail Smart Meter Deployment

  • Consumer Behavior Falls on a Spectrum of Riskiness
    • Purchasing Decisions Are Initiated by an Innate Risk-Benefit Analysis
    • Smart Meters Are Equipped With the Latest Security Algorithms
    • Smart Meter Device Makers Should Focus on Convenience Rather Than Security

Vendors to Watch

Methodology

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