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Photonics to Play Greater Role in Automotive Industry

September 11, 2007

According to a Frost & Sullivan report, automobiles will increasingly use photonics technology for lighting, display, sensor, and communications systems.


PALO ALTO, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- The high-performance capabilities of photonics technology meets the automotive industry's need for safety and entertainment solutions that offer superior performance, reliability, robustness, and cost effectiveness. Photonics technology offers better performance as compared with semiconductor technologies for a number of applications.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "Advances in Photonic Technologies for the Automotive Industry," finds that light-emitting diode and liquid-crystal display technologies will contribute greatly to the lighting and display systems of future automobiles. The automotive industry will further focus on increasing the scope of optical sensors and head-up displays for safety applications. Additionally, multistream data-transmission protocols for multimedia applications might become an integral part of next-generation infotainment and telematics solutions.

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"Automobiles increasingly employ photonics for lighting, displays, sensors, and communications systems," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Krishnakumar Srinivasan. "For a majority of these applications, photonic technologies have worked well in conjunction with the associated electronic counterparts," adds Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Kasthuri Jagadeesan.

Photonic technologies will help to resolve a number of inadequacies exhibited by electronic technologies in specific application domains, such as safety, multimedia, and infotainment systems. Its efficiency has prompted automobile manufacturers to develop more applications based on the technology.

Moreover, photonics technology possesses superior data rates, bandwidth, reliability, and robustness relative to electronic solutions. However, the achievement of integration and miniaturization in photonics remains a distinct challenge. Current electronic solutions will restrain the scope of photonic technologies if they can effectively satisfy end-user needs and adapt to meet future needs.

"Although optical sensors and communication protocols have demonstrated their performance capabilities, they still need to prove they can effectively complement their electronic counterparts," notes Srinivasan. "Academic research focusing on the development of photonic technologies for automotive applications will help resolve the issues associated with the emergence of photonic-dominant systems."

Photonic technology must address issues such as cost, interoperability, and high operating temperature. Overcoming these issues will extend its application scope in automobiles.

Increasing consumer safety awareness encourages the creation of several technologies and applications that will not only enhance safety, but also indirectly save time, cost, and fuel.

"The industry relies on optical sensors with advanced control electronics to develop a wide range of safety technologies for occupant safety, intruder detection, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot detection," observes Jagadeesan. "Since all of these systems require displays, photonic technology will find considerable application in this sector."

Lighting systems in automobiles also use photonics technology. It aids the development of anti-glare lighting and night-vision systems for safety in harsh driving situations, such as darkness, fog, and exposure to blinding light.

"Advances in Photonic Technologies for the Automotive Industry" is part of the Technical Insights Growth Partnership Service, which also includes the following research services: Advances in In-car Infotainment and Future Automotive Materials Assessment (5, 10, and 15 year outlook). All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends, evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit the company's Web site.


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