Sensor hubs have become ubiquitous in smartphones and wearable devices over the past few years. They first started out as discrete MCUs for offloading sensor functions from the application processor (AP) to a lower-power processor to preserve battery power while the main AP is "sleeping".
In 2013, Apple introduced the M7 discrete sensor hub from NXP for motion sensing in the iPhone 5s and Samsung released the Galaxy S4 with a discrete sensor hub from Atmel. Qualcomm had already launched versions of the popular Snapdragon application processor with integrated low-power sensor core for smartphones a few years earlier, and in 2015, Google launched the Android Sensor Hub.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the technologies and market for sensor hubs for mobile and consumer electronics applications, and addresses several key questions such as:
● What are the main usual sensor hub architectures and sensor hub types?
● What are the applications, opportunities, and recent developments for sensor hubs?
● What are the emerging trends with sensor hub technologies?
● Who are the main players in the sensor hub space?
The report contains the following sections:
● Executive summary
● Sensor hubs overview and introduction -- overview of sensor hubs in consumer and mobile applications, including types of applications, market size and growth, and industry trends
● Sensor hub architectures -- comprehensive review of the history of sensor hubs, available architectures, operating system compatibility and system level integration
● Sensor hub types, features, and functionality -- complete review of available sensor hub types, detailed comparison of sensor hubs and how future sensor hubs are shaped by market forces
● Sensor hub applications -- analysis of how sensor hubs are being used in consumer and mobile applications, challenges in system integration and emerging technologies
● Sensor hub main players -- close look at main sensor hub suppliers, partnerships and acquisitions
● Sensor hub platforms and ecosystems -- Examples of development platforms and how developers can use these, proprietary technology advantages and issues pertaining to data privacy and security
● Related technologies -- presentation of related technologies impacting how sensor hubs are being designed, developed, integrated and used
● Recent sensor hub developments
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