Gartner Research

Market Trends: Commercial Drones — New Market for Semiconductors

Published: 04 August 2014

ID: G00263846

Analyst(s): Gerald Van Hoy

Summary

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

Introduction

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

Vendors to Watch

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.