The consumer desire to stream high-definition video to vehicle displays via portable electronic devices could help double the current size of the market for semiconductors used in automotive wired and wireless network applications by 2018, a report from information and analytics provider HIS said.
According to the report, titled “Growth of Automotive Semiconductors Positive in 2012,” revenue for semiconductors used for in-vehicle connectivity and networking applications is predicted to reach $841.8 million by 2018, up from $438.8 million in 2011.
“Consumers are expressing a greater desire to watch content from mobile gadgets like handsets and tablets on vehicle displays, including DVD players, rear-seat entertainment panels and navigation units,” Luca DeAmbroggi, senior analyst for automotive infotainment at IHS, said. “Meanwhile, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of both cars and vehicle infotainment systems are promoting such functionality for pure entertainment as well as for safety purposes, such as when vehicle displays show traffic” or as part of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and other related safety applications.
The report provides an overview of the automotive and semiconductor markets with respect to the role of semiconductors in vehicle infotainment systems and focuses on the possible uses of semiconductors in navigation, in-vehicle connectivity, digital radio mondiale (DRM), satellite and terrestrial digital radio, telematics and antenna systems.