Global Automotive Integrated Antenna System Market 2021
Projected to reach $2,427 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 10.28% during the forecast period of 2022-2031, the global automotive integrated antenna system market is expected to experience significant growth. This growth can be attributed to advancements in technology and the increasing demand for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
In recent years, the automotive industry has undergone dynamic changes due to various factors such as declining fuel prices, slow industry growth, the emergence of electric and hybrid vehicles, improved availability of automotive credit, an aging vehicle fleet, and disruptive trends like car sharing and ride-hailing services worldwide. As a result, stakeholders in the automotive ecosystem are preparing for the highly competitive nature of the market. Major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have adopted strategies that involve gradual technological development to gain market share in established automotive markets. New applications such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), ADAS, firmware over the air (FOTA), diagnostics, and real-time maps require increased data flow in and out of vehicles, leading to a significant increase in the number and variety of antennas. However, locating appropriate packaging and positioning solutions for these antennas poses a challenge, as not all locations are suitable for every vehicle model. Therefore, careful considerations must be made to ensure optimal wireless reception.
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Vehicle Type, Antenna Type, Component, Antenna Design, Connectivity, Frequency, Region
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The global automotive industry is transitioning into a new era driven by connected vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with extensive sensor platforms that generate large amounts of data from various systems such as LIDAR, telematics control units, and OBD-II interfaces. Additionally, the emergence of 5G technology with low latency and high bandwidth V2X capabilities allows for numerous new automotive use cases.
Factors such as declining fuel prices, slow industry growth, the rise of electric and hybrid vehicles, improved availability of automotive credit, an aging vehicle fleet, and the disruptive trends of car sharing and ride-hailing services have led to significant changes in the automotive industry globally.
The growth of the automotive integrated antenna system market is driven by several factors, including the increased production and sales of electric vehicles, the implementation of 5G networks, and the growing demand for power management integrated circuits (PMICs) in ADAS.
To ensure optimal performance of antenna systems, careful consideration of location and surrounding conditions is crucial. However, as the number of antennas integrated into vehicles continues to increase, finding suitable packaging and positioning solutions becomes more challenging. While there are numerous possible positions to install antennas on a vehicle, not all positions are ideal for every type of car. Therefore, various factors need to be considered to ensure good reception of wireless systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in the semiconductor supply chain, impacting the automotive integrated antenna system market in the short and long term. The semiconductor industry relies on a complex global network of suppliers and partners for assembly, testing, packing, and equipment, requiring a significant amount of raw materials. The increased reliance on the internet has benefited the automotive integrated antenna system market. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and manufacturing shutdowns, car production and sales have been slow in various parts of the world, affecting the automotive integrated antenna system market.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including vehicle type, antenna type, component, antenna design, connectivity, frequency, and region.
Segmentation by Vehicle Type
Segmentation by Antenna Type
Segmentation by Component
Telematics Control Unit (TCU)
Segmentation by Antenna Design
Shark-Fin Antenna (without TCU)
Antenna Farm (Without TCU)
Antenna Farm with TCU
TCU Box with Integrated Antenna
Antenna Farm with Slim TCU
Segmentation by Connectivity
Segmentation by Frequency
Very High Frequency
Segmentation by Region
Asia-Pacific and Japan
The largest share of the automotive integrated antenna system market is held by the passenger vehicles segment. The growth of this segment is driven by the increased sales of connected vehicles, passenger vehicles with infotainment systems, and autonomous vehicles. The commercial vehicle category is also expected to expand rapidly due to the increased sales of connected vehicles in significant commercial automobile markets. An integrated multi-service antenna system for a passenger vehicle consists of several antenna structures incorporated within a physical component of the car. These antenna structures include a radio antenna, a cellular telephony antenna, and at least one satellite signal antenna.
The planar antenna segment dominates the automotive integrated antenna system market. Planar antennas are gaining popularity in automotive sensing applications due to their low cost, low profile, and ease of integration with host systems. They meet the fundamental requirements for various automotive applications with their high gain and low loss. These antennas are becoming increasingly popular due to their compact and lightweight nature and easy integration on host platforms. Planar antennas can support both linear and circular polarization, making them preferred by designers for forming phased and conformal arrays. In automotive vehicles, they are commonly used for wireless communication systems such as FM, AM, TV, Wi-Fi, and DAB audio reception, and are typically mounted beneath an aperture in the roof. Microstrip patch antennas, with their thin planar profile, have also gained popularity in recent years and are used in consumer goods, cars, aircraft, and missiles. Chip antennas, known for their small size, low profile, high performance, and reliability, are designed for quick integration with wireless communication systems. They are used to establish connectivity within the vehicle and with the infrastructure.
The telematics control unit segment holds the highest share of the automotive integrated antenna system market. The increasing consumer demand for secure, safe, and comfortable automation is driving the market. Connectivity is transforming the automotive industry, benefiting manufacturers and tenants with over-the-air software updates and preventive maintenance. The growing number of electronic control units (ECUs) used for various functions in automobiles must be networked, upgradeable, and secure. Telematics plays a crucial role in modern vehicles, connecting them to the cloud for improved safety, traffic control, and automatic emergency calls. The telematics control unit (TCU) manages wireless tracking, diagnostics, and communication to and from the vehicle. Its applications include crash notification, electronic tolling, and vehicle tracking. The embedded telematics market provides opportunities for OEMs and telecom operators by offering more control over system failure and providing advanced M2M services.
The Shark-Fin Antenna (Without TCU) segment holds the largest share of the automotive integrated antenna system market. These antennas are gaining popularity due to their durability, aesthetic appeal, and functionality. They are smaller and incorporate multiple antenna components to support various applications. Shark-Fin antennas are newer inventions compared to traditional antennas used in automobiles. Their compact size and multiple antenna elements make them attractive for different functionalities, such as MIMO-LTE support, 5.9 GHz V2V antennas, WiFi dual bands, GPS applications, and more. Most shark fin antennas on modern vehicles house multiple antennas in a single housing, including AM/FM, 4G LTE, GPS, and satellite radio components. Although the antennas themselves may not be top performers, their construction aims to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance while efficiently combining multiple components. Integrating the TCU directly into the antenna farm helps mitigate performance degradation caused by mounting the antenna farm beneath the roof. This integration eliminates RF cable losses, especially at higher frequencies, saving cost by eliminating the need for coax cabling and connectors.
The WiFi-Bluetooth segment dominates the automotive integrated antenna system market, primarily due to the increasing demand for wireless technology. The rise of information technology and the widespread use of IoT in automotive applications are expected to further drive the growth of this segment. Antenna manufacturers offer a wide range of cellular antenna solutions that support global cellular standards from 2G to 5G, making them suitable for commercial vehicles, public transportation, and industrial applications. WiFi enables drivers and passengers to connect to the internet wirelessly while on the road. MIMO networks allow multiple devices to connect to an in-vehicle access point, facilitating the streaming of ultra-HD videos with low latency. Additionally, Bluetooth (BT) and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology have experienced significant growth in the automotive market, especially in private cars. The Asia-Pacific and Japan region account for a large share of this market. BT/BLE creates a personal area network for wireless data transfer between devices, enabling communication between users and various vehicle settings, infotainment features, or telematics systems.
In terms of frequency, the high frequency segment holds the largest share of the automotive integrated antenna system market. This is attributed to the increased shipment of conventional and connected cars worldwide. Ultra-high frequency antennas operate in the range of 3.1-10.6 GHz and have omnidirectional radiating properties, facilitating long-distance communication. High frequency automotive antennas, on the other hand, operate in the range of 535 to 1605 kHz and are used in AM/FM radio and digital audio broadcasting (DAB) applications. Digitalized FM broadcasts offer improved quality of service and reliable coverage over extended distances. The AM operating frequency typically falls between 530 kHz and 1700 kHz, with the common FM band ranging from 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz. In Japan, the VHF band between 76 and 90 MHz is utilized.
North America holds the largest share of the automotive integrated antenna system market. The region has witnessed the evolution of information technology and the extensive use of the Internet of Things in automotive applications, creating new dimensions for businesses in this industry. The North American market for Telematics Control Units (TCUs) is expanding as a result of these trends. In the United States, both large companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of automotive integrated antenna systems to support their operations. The strong financial position and awareness of digital automobile transformation enable companies to benefit from the products and solutions offered by automotive integrated antenna system providers. The growing demand for hybrid electric vehicles is expected to be a key driver of market expansion in the United States, presenting opportunities to enhance connected features. The United States holds a dominant share in the North American automotive integrated antenna system market. Recent trends in the country, such as connecting vehicles with smart devices for a productive, enjoyable, and safe driving experience, as well as the increasing implementation of video and audio interfaces with touchscreen and interactive panels, are key factors contributing to the growth of the automotive integrated antenna system industry in the United States. The country has always been at the forefront of adopting emerging technologies, including in-vehicle systems.
The selection of profiled companies was based on inputs gathered from primary experts, as well as an analysis of their company coverage, product portfolio, and market penetration.
Within the automotive integrated antenna system market, the top players in the segment consist of both private and public companies. Private companies currently hold approximately 30% of the market share, while public companies dominate with a market share of about 70%.
Key companies profiled in this report include TE Connectivity, Ficosa International S.A., Continental Automotive, Harada Industry Co. Ltd., Taoglas, Denso Corporation, Kathrein Solutions GmbH, Rohde and Schwarz GmbH & Co KG, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Antcom Corporation, Laird Connectivity, AGC Automotive, ACE Technologies Corporation, FIAMM Componenti Accessori – F.C.A., Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Recent Industry Developments
In June 2022, Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled the ISL78083, an integrated antenna system (PMIC) designed to simplify power supply design for multiple HD camera modules. This innovative solution aims to reduce development cycles, lower bill of materials (BOM) costs, and mitigate supply chain risks.
In June 2021, Microchip expanded its extensive portfolio of dsPIC33C DSCs to include the new ISO 26262-compliant dsPIC33CK1024MP7xx family, catering to the large memory segment. Equipped with 1 MB Flash, these dsPIC33C DSCs facilitate the execution of automotive software such as AUTOSAR, OS, MCAL drivers, ISO 26262 functional safety diagnostics, and security libraries. Additionally, this family of dsPIC33 DSCs features a high-performance central processing unit (CPU) that delivers deterministic responses and specialized peripherals tailored for applications in general automotive, advanced sensing and control, digital power, and motor control.
In April 2021, STMicroelectronics introduced an advanced integrated antenna system (PMIC) specifically designed for AMOLED displays. This cutting-edge solution combines low quiescent current and enhanced flexibility to extend the battery runtime of portable devices.
Also in April 2021, Infineon Technologies AG launched a new range of battery management ICs, including the TLE9012DQU and TLE9015DQU models. These ICs provide optimized solutions for battery cell monitoring and balancing. They are well-suited for a diverse range of industrial, consumer, and automotive applications, including mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV).
Key Questions Answered
What are the primary factors and trends influencing the automotive integrated antenna system market?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the global automotive integrated antenna system market in terms of actual business operations and the supply chain?
What measures have existing market players taken to enhance or maintain their market position, and what strategies have new entrants adopted in this market space?
What are the different market segments based on antenna type, component, design, connectivity, placement, frequency, and vehicle type, and how are they expected to perform in the coming years?
What are the latest developments in various countries around the world regarding the development of automotive integrated antenna systems, and what are the patterns of adoption?