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The Markets for Smart Lighting Drivers, Controllers and Sensor Chips – 2014

This report analyzes the market for LED drivers, MCUs, sensors and other chips used in smart lighting.  It is the latest in NanoMarkets ongoing series of reports on smart lighting, which covers both the lighting itself and important components and chips used in smart lighting systems.  In this report we explicitly discuss smart lighting components in the context of the emerging Internet-of-Things.  

The report focuses on analysis for the chips that will be used in the newer kinds of smart lighting -- color tuning (mood lighting) and visible light communications (VLC) -- as well as more traditional smart lighting aimed primarily at increasing lighting efficiency.  Coverage includes innovative devices such as intelligent LED drivers with embedded sensors and the latest wireless standards for smart lighting such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

In addition, the report also covers the needs of all the major end-user segments of the market.  We take these to be commercial and industrial, residential, government and public buildings. We have also discussed the available markets for smart lighting in transportation and outdoor lighting.  Detailed eight-year market projections of seven major smart lighting chip types in both revenue and volume terms are presented. Additional breakouts are provided by (1) the part of the lighting system in which the chips are used and (2) the technology generation of the system itself and (3) the type of building, vehicle or location in which the smart lighting systems will be used. 

The report is designed for semiconductor industry executives that want to better understand the opportunities in smart lighting electronics.  It is also intended to provide guidance to firms in the LED and smart lighting systems sectors who need to better understand where smart-lighting electronics trends will take their businesses. 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

  • Objective and Scope of this Report 
  • Methodology of this Report
  • Plan of this Report
  • The Four Generations of Smart Lighting
  • The Smart Lighting Opportunity for Chip Makers:  Some Definitions
  • Changes in the Market Since the 2013 NanoMarkets Smart Lighting Electronics Report
  • Impact of the “Internet-of-Things” and IPv6 on Smart Lighting Electronics
  • LED Driver Opportunities for Next-Generation Smart Lighting 
  • MCUs and the Future of Smart Lighting
  • Sensor Opportunities in Smart Lighting
  • Chips and Li-Fi
  • Impact of OLED Lighting Trends on Smart Lighting Electronics 
  • The IMOLA Project
  • Some Thoughts on Smart Ballasts
  • Ten Firms to Watch in the Smart Lighting System Electronics Space
  • Marvell:  Smart Lighting Strategies
  • NXP:  Smart Lighting Strategies
  • Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecast for Smart Lighting Chips:  By Type of Chip
  • Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecast for Smart Lighting Chips:  By Type of System
  • Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecast for Smart Lighting Chips:  By Component of Smart Lighting System

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  • Background to Report
  • Chip Opportunities for a Light-Tuned World
  • Smart Lighting:  What’s Next for LED Driver Makers?
  • Smart Lighting: A New Market for MCUs
  • Sensing Opportunities:  New Materials, ZigBee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and EnOcean

CHAPTER TWO: SMART LIGHTING EVOLUTION AND LED DRIVERS

  • LED Drivers for Smart Lighting
  • Required Capabilities and Threats for Smart Lighting LED Drivers
  • Opportunities for LED Drivers in Smart Lighting Systems
  • IC Requirements for Smart LED Drivers
  • Smart Lighting as a Pioneer Market for High-Performance LED Drivers
  • Impact of Declining Chip Prices and Costs:  the Smart Lighting Perspective 
  • Dimming and LED Drivers in Smart Lighting Markets
  • Color Tuning and the Need for Dynamic Mood and Health Lighting 
  • Color Tuning Chips:  Opportunities for the Semiconductor Industry
  • AC LEDs in Smart Lighting: A Possible Negative for the Smart Lighting Driver Market 
  • Improved Binning – an Unintended Opportunity for Smart Lighting Driver Makers
  • Voltage/Current Control and Power Load Design as Competitive Issue for Smart LED Drivers 
  • Standards for Smart Lighting LED Drivers
  • Driver Suppliers and the Opportunities for New Entrants
  • Eight-Year Forecasts of LED Drivers for Smart Lighting Electronics
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

CHAPTER THREE: MCUs AND THE FUTURE OF SMART LIGHTING 

  • MCUs and Other Control Chips for Smart Lighting
  • MCUs for Gateways and Controller Boxes in Smart Lighting 
  • The Rise of Central Controllers in the Smart Lighting Systems Market: Their Use of MCUs
  • Central Controllers as Early Competitive Battlefield for Smart Lighting
  • The Possible Disappearance of Gateways as a Threat to MCU Makers
  • Eight-Year Forecasts of MCUs and Other Control Chips for Smart Lighting Electronics
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

CHAPTER FOUR: SMART LIGHTING SENSORS

  • Sensors for Smart Lighting 
  • Creating Value-Added Sensing Devices for Smart Lighting Applications: Integration 
  • Creating Value-Added Sensing Devices for Smart Lighting Applications: New Materials
  • ZigBee and Smart Lighting 
  • Bluetooth and Smart Lighting
  • EnOcean and Smart Lighting
  • Other Protocols that may Create Opportunities for Smart Lighting Makers
  • Eight-Year Forecasts of Sensors for Smart Lighting Electronics
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

CHAPTER FIVE: CHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATIONS 

  • Evolution of Li-Fi Technology and its Markets
  • Limitations of VLC/Li-Fi
  • VLC/Li-Fi Players and Silicon Requirements
  • Eight-Year Forecasts of VLC/Li-Fi Chips  
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

CHAPTER SIX: END-USER MARKET ANALYSIS AND EIGHT-YEAR FORECAST

  • Forecasting Methodology
  • Addressable Markets
  • Assumptions about Market Size and Penetration
  • Residential Smart Lighting Markets 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Electronics for Residential Smart Lighting:  By Chip Type
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Electronics for Residential Smart Lighting:  By System Type
  • Drivers for Smart Lighting in Commercial/Industrial Buildings
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Electronics for Commercial/Industrial Smart Lighting:  By Chip Type 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Electronics for Commercial/Industrial Smart Lighting:  By System Type
  • Drivers for Smart Lighting in Government/Public Buildings
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics in Government/Public Buildings:  By Chip Type 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics in Government/Public Buildings:  By System Type 
  • Smart Lighting in Street Lighting and Other Outdoor Environments
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Outdoor/Street Lighting:  By Chip Type 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Outdoor/Street Lighting:  By System Type
  • Smart Lighting in Automotive and other Transportation Environments
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Auto/Transportation Lighting:  By Chip Type 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Auto/Transportation Lighting:  By System Type
  • Niche Applications for Smart Lighting
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Other Applications:  By Chip Type 
  • Eight-year Forecasts of Smart Lighting Electronics for Other Applications:  By System Type
  • Other Market and Technology Scenarios and their Impact on Smart Lighting Electronics
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

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New NanoMarkets Report Projects Smart Lighting Chips Markets to Reach Over $1.0 Billion by 2019

Glen Allen, Virginia:  The market for LED drivers, MCUs, sensors and other chips used in smart lighting will grow from around $67 million in 2014 to $1.05 billion in 2019.  This is according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets titled, “The Markets for Smart Lighting Drivers, Controllers and Sensor Chips – 2014.”  Based on the broad acceptance of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), of which smart lighting is a part, NanoMarkets has considerably upgraded its long-term forecasts for smart lighting compared with a previous report we issued in 2013.

For more details about the report: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/the-markets-for-smart-lighting-drivers-controllers-and-sensor-chips-2014

The firm recently issued two separate reports on smart lighting markets in a two volume series.  See http://nanomarkets.net/market_reports/report/smart-lighting-markets-2014-v1-v2  for details.

About the report:

The report, “The Markets for Smart Lighting Drivers, Controllers and Sensor Chips – 2014,” provides insight into the market opportunities available to the semiconductor industry as the result of the current boom in smart lighting, which itself is part of the transition to an IoT.    Smart lighting provides users high levels of energy efficiency, color tuning (mood enhancement) capabilities and/or visible light communications.

The report contains detailed eight-year market projections of seven major smart lighting chip types in both revenue and volume terms.  Additional breakouts are provided by (1) the part of the lighting system in which the chips are used and (2) the technology generation of the system itself and (3) the type of building, vehicle or location in which the smart lighting systems will be used. 

Firms mentioned in the report include:  Acuity Brands, ARM, Atmel, Broadcom, California Eastern Labs, Casio, Cavet, Cypress Semiconductor, Daintree Networks, Digi, Dresden elektronik, Eastfield, Easylite, Echoflex, Energy Automation Systems, EnOcean, Fifth Light, FlexiPanel, Freescale, Leviton, IBSEN, Infineon, Intel, Leedarson, Libellium, Lumenergi, Lumetric, Lutron, Luxim, Marvell, Masco, Microchip Technology, MK Electric, MMB Research, Nivis, NXP, OLEDCOMM, Omnio, Osram, Panasonic, Philips, Radiocrafts, Radios Inc., Renesas, RF Monolithics, Schneider Electric, Sena, Sharp, Siemens, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, Supreme Architecture, Sylvania, Telegesis, Texas Instruments, Universal Lighting, and Zonoff.

From the report:

The LED lighting market is expected to expand rapidly and much of the next-generation of LED lighting being deployed will be “smart.”  We are seeing a growing interest in smart lighting by the chipmakers as part of their refocusing on Internet-of-Things opportunities. New types of intelligent LED drivers with embedded sensors and MCUs are expected to emerge as a result.  Sales of LED drivers for smart lighting systems are expected to reach $525 million by 2019. 

Despite such growth, LED driver chips for energy efficient lighting will commoditize quickly.  It will become increasingly hard to make the case for smart lighting on just efficiency grounds anymore.  As a result, NanoMarkets believes that chipmakers will then turn their attention to color-tunable lighting for improved mood, health and job performance.  Here there is still considerable opportunity to designing innovative chips enabling cool-to-warm adjustment and the ability to cycle through a range of colors.   Chips consumed by color tuning smart lighting systems will reach almost $260 million by 2019. Future light tuning chips for lighting systems will also be built around a new generation of LED microarrays.

Standards development for smart lighting-related wireless networking has accelerated in the past year.  Important new developments in this area include the evolution of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to control lighting using QR codes and the emergence of a Google protocol for smart lighting networking that incorporates IPv6.  Meanwhile, ZigBee light bulbs getting cheaper thanks to recent “smart lamp” introductions from GE and possibly others.  By 2019, the revenues generated by smart lighting sensors are expected to exceed $220 million.

About NanoMarkets: 

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in solid-state lighting, energy, electronics and other markets created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts of this kind and has been covering the smart lighting space for more than four years.

Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.

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NanoMarkets LC
(804) 938-0030
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posted Jul 24, 2014

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