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Market Trends: Commercial Drones — New Market for Semiconductors

Published: 04 August 2014

ID: G00263846

Analyst(s): Gerald Van Hoy


With the U.S. and EU about to lift restrictions on commercial drones, a growth market for semiconductor vendors looms. Aeroflex, Xilinx, STMicroelectronics and Freescale are already in the drone market and should benefit from expanding commercial drone markets, such as agriculture.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Key Drivers and Inhibitors for the Commercial UAV Market
  • Market Structure Evolution Will Challenge Product Managers
  • The Agricultural Market Will Be a Major Part of the First Wave
    • UAVs Appear to Be More Cost-Effective Than Manned Crop Dusters
    • UAVs May Hold Great Potential for Crop Surveillance
    • Add-Ons for Agricultural UAVs
    • The Semiconductor Market Opportunity in Agricultural UAVs
    • Potential Semiconductor Market in Agricultural UAV Add-Ons
  • Security Issue Presents a Semiconductor and Software Opportunity

Contrarian View

  • Factors That Could Slow Commercial UAV Adoption

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