Electronic T&M market ‘to see big growth’

November 2018

Autonomous driving, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), data centres, power applications, and new high-speed digital standards are the growth engines of the electronic test and measurement (T&M) equipment market for the next five years, a report said.

The next wave of growth has begun with the technologies making their way down the product lifecycle, from research and development (R&D) to manufacturing and deployment, according to the analysis titled “Global Electronic Test and Measurement, Forecast to 2022” from Frost & Sullivan.

Greater complexity and technology convergence will spur demand across verticals, with the largest opportunities coming from communications, semiconductors and computing industries, and the fastest growth in industrial and automotive verticals. Market winners will be those able to meet the demand while addressing the specific requirements.

“Greater complexity in end-user technologies calls for an increased cost of test. However, with RF proliferation in consumer devices, there is the notion that the cost of test equipment should follow that trend,” said Jessy Cavazos, industry director for Test & Measurement at Frost & Sullivan.

“It will be vital for market participants to come up with a new approach to test in the coming years as the traditional approach is not sustainable from cost and technical perspectives.”

A few of the key growth areas identified by Frost & Sullivan experts include:

• Autonomous Driving: These technologies call for innovative measurements and test approaches to address needs through automation as well as provide complete systems that cover electrical, mechanical and software aspects.

• 5G: Technical complexity with 5G has grown exponentially, with engineers requiring flexible and easily upgradable solutions. Therefore, vendors need to work with technology leaders early in the research stage to acquire the knowledge necessary to support customers.

• Power applications: Design engineers for power supplies and power sequencing applications need deeper insight into their designs for maximum energy efficiency. Test vendors should focus on solutions that have better noise performance, are more precise, and can catch fast, small and unpredictable signals.

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