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Market Trends: Multirotor Drone Evolution Will Demand Increased Semiconductor Content

Published: 28 January 2016

ID: G00292562

Analyst(s): Brady Wang

Summary

Semiconductor vendors are seeing growing demand for chips in multirotor drones. Multirotor drones are becoming mainstream, but current electronic designs limit human-drone interaction, restrict battery space, slow down sensor and camera data processing, and won't meet future aviation regulations.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

Market Trend

  • Drone Electronic Subsystems Will Consolidate to a Single PCB and High-Performance Processor
  • Price of Processors in the Integrated Controller Function Will Increase Because of Data Volume, Video Compression and Image Recognition Requirements
    • Increasing Data Volume From Environmental Sensors
    • Increased Data Compression Required to Transmit Higher-Resolution Low-Latency Video
    • Increased "On Drone" Analytics Required for Image Recognition, indoor Positioning and Collision Avoidance
  • GNSS Functionality Will Demand Redundant Fail-safe Subsystems

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