The infrared LED market is projected to witness a significant growth over the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for cameras with night vision capabilities and remote sensing in automotive and consumer electronic industry. The demand infrared LED market in the automotive industry has grown owing to the increasing usage of these components in the exterior and interior lighting applications. Moreover, the industry has tremendous opportunities for growth in the future with their integration in wearable devices such as AR/VR and with the emergence of IoT enabled devices.
The 850nm- 940nm wavelengths in the infrared LED market are expected to grow at a CAGR of over 17% from 2018 to 2024, due to the increasing applications of these components in numerous applications. They are being widely integrated in the automotive systems, fueling the demand for components with this wavelength in the automotive and industrial sectors.
The biometrics industry is the growing segment in the infrared LED market. This is attributed to the growing adoption of iris and facial recognition in electronic devices. This increasing adoption is being propelled by mobile payment services that create the need for secure and reliable authentication for users. Several LED manufacturing companies are taking advantage of these opportunities and are launching advanced components for biometric applications.
For instance, recently GOME, one of the electronic retailers in China collaborated with Osram Opto Semiconductors to integrate the Iris recognition technology in their smartphones. The company has Osram infrared components on all their smartphone offerings. The growing smartphone industry globally is projected to spur the infrared LED market for iris and facial recognition.
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With the deployment of next-generation technologies such as IoT, AR, and AI, consumer electronics sector has emerged as one of the revenue generating business areas lately. In this regard, the giants in the infrared LED market have already increased their focus on research and development activities. Currently the leading smartphone makers and security system providers are innovating a new range of sensor technologies for deploying the same in smartphones and security cameras. As on today, for attracting more customers, smartphone makers are adopting new product designs like the multiple camera setup where they are extensively using sensors and LEDs. Recently, Nokia has unveiled its plan to develop a new smartphone having five rear cameras that could be incorporated with IR focusing apparatus, five lenses, and LED flash.
North America is anticipated to witness a lucrative growth over the forecast period owing to the high adoption of these components by the automotive companies. The U.S. is one of the largest automotive markets with over 17 million units’ light vehicles sales in 2017. The U.S. smartphone industry is a major contributor to the evolving infrared LED market. This is due to the high disposable income of the people and subsequent high purchasing power. The country invests extensively in R&D and innovation to develop new innovative technologies which is further supporting the IR LED market in the region.
The extensive deployment of technology across the automotive and consumer electronics industries will have a favorable influence on the infrared LED market. The involvement of many industries in digitalization for improving work efficiency, product performance, and consumer comfort also will fuel the product demand over the years ahead. In line with the shifting trends toward digitalization, infrared (IR) LED market will generate a revenue of more than USD 1 billion by the end of 2024.