With the rapid development of infrared detector technology, infrared detector has been increasingly applied to many fields. As a high-tech, its application will be wilder in the future and its status will be more important. Then what is the development rend of china’s infrared detector industry?
By the end of 2000, infrared detector’s diversified application in high-end market has been further developed through the introduction of array detectors. Led by HeimannSensors, many manufacturers take a “technology-driven” strategy to develop the infrared detector based on thermoelectric and pyroelectric. Some MEMS manufacturers such as Omron and Panasonic, apply their professional skill to make complex MEMS structure and ensure thermoelectric’s dominant position of array sensor market.
Nevertheless, the dominant position of thermoelectric was challenged by a new product based on ULIS technology in 2013. This large IR detector was the first kind of microbolometer with an actual resolution of less than 100x100 pixels (no window) to capture the market share of the fast-growing infrared detector market. In 2014, FLIR, the leader in the market of uncooled IR imaging market, has the potential to compete in the field of small microbolometer arrays. In the future, the next advancement in IR detectors is the development of vacuum package and wafer level package, while optimizing the manufacturing technique to reduce the pixel pitch.
Because of the diversity of competitive enterprise, IR detector market has a very complex competition pattern. It’s important to gain a clear understanding of each competitor’s technical background and positioning, and figure out what is overall effective market and the challenge we should face.
Large array IR detector will take a place in the future
According to the analysis published by China Report Hall <2016-2021 China infrared detector industry market operation and industry development trend> , small IR detector is driven by price of the commodity market, but the middle and large array detector was driven by the cost and performance, which provide differentiated space to the new product.
But there is a huge obstacle between each infrared detector technology, such as thermoelectric/pyroelectric/microbolometer. Because these technologies are based on different manufacture techniques, if there is no business merger or acquisition, it is difficult to transfer from one technology to another. Also from a product standpoint, switching from small detectors to array detectors can be challenging due to their reliance on strong intellectual property or MEMS manufacturing capabilities. In this context, many manufacturers are not directly involved in the competition, but still have the opportunity to take a place in the large-scale detector market.