Asia Pacific Acoustic Sensors Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Asia Pacific Acoustic Sensors Market is segmented By Type (Wired, Wireless), Wave Type (Surface Wave, Bulk Wave), Sensing Parameter (Temperature, Pressure, Mass, Torque, Humidity, Viscosity, Chemical Vapor), Application (Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Industrial) and Country.

Market Snapshot

Asia Pacific Acoustic Sensors Market
Study Period: 2019-2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 14.62 %

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Market Overview

The Asia Pacific acoustic sensors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.62% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The use of acoustic sensors for acoustic-wave-based MEMS devices has created a promising technology platform available for a wide range of applications. These devices have high sensitivity and can operate wirelessly.

  • The surface wave acoustic sensor is expected to have high growth during the forecast period due to its implementation in television transmitters and radios to generate signals for broadcasting. SAW devices are indispensable as filters in radio frequency applications and are essential components used in the terminals and base stations for satellite communication.
  • The increasing focus on investments to develop infrastructure for supporting 5G technology is expected to boost the demand for RF semiconductors across the region. According to the GSMA, mobile operators in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to invest over USD 400 billion in their networks between 2020 and 2025, of which USD 331 billion will be spent on 5G deployments.
  • The region is also dominating the global market for automotive MEMS sensors. The EV market is a massive opportunity in the region. EV sales remained constant in China in 2019, at around 1.2 million units sold (a 3% increase from the previous year).
  • In June 2020, the China-based electric vehicle (EV) producer, BYD, secured a second round of financing for its BYD Semiconductor subsidiary to increase its production. The company is interested in developing semiconductors that can increase the efficiency of the electric motor in EVs. With such initiatives to improve the manufacturing capacities in the region, the demand for SAW devices is expected to increase.
  • In the initial phase of the COVID-19, the studied market witnessed the disruption in the supply chain owing to nationwide lockdown and closure of many manufacturing capacities. However, after the 2nd Q of 2020, the market started witnessing a recovery in demand and production, the semiconductor industry trend that was also reflected in the studied market.

Scope of the report

Acoustic wave sensors are a division of micro-electromechanical systems that work on modulating surface acoustic waves that sense the physical phenomenon. They are used to convert electrical signals into mechanical waves. They are used in various fields such as signal processing, sensing, and others. The Acoustic Wave Sensors are expected to replace the conventional product in various applications due to their passive nature, wireless operation, and lesser response time.

By Type
By Wave Type
Surface Wave
Bulk Wave
By Sensing Parameter
Chemical Vapor
By Application
Aerospace and Defense
Consumer Electronics
Other Applications
By Country
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Telecommunications Applications to Drive the Market Growth

  • The telecommunications industry is the largest consumer of acoustic sensors, primarily driven by smartphones and base stations. With telecom companies setting up more and more towers to support the ever-increasing customer base, base stations are increasing.
  • Moreover, people, especially in developing countries, buy smartphones due to increasing disposable incomes and low-budget smartphones.
  • Moreover, most telephone devices and other similar gadgets already have microphones/speakers installed, which support acoustic-sensing applications with a relatively low deployment cost.
  • The growing infrastructure development of LTE and 4G technology across the globe and rising infrastructure investment in 5G technology by developed countries is providing a massive boost to the growth of acoustic sensors (SAW Filters).
  • Owing to the increasing usage of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices in developed and developing economies such as China, South Korea, Japan, and India, acoustic sensors are expected to witness growth during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific Acoustic Sensors Market

Consumer Electronics holds the highest market share

  • There is a significant surge in the sales of acoustic sensors and other related equipment due to the increasing smartphone sales and the increasing adoption of emerging RF technologies in consumer electronics, expanding the scope of the market studied.
  • The growing production of LTE, 4G & 5G devices, especially 5G smartphones, also creates a massive growth opportunity for the SAW technology provider. RF filters are becoming standard components in these devices as they isolate radio signals from the different spectrum bands used by various smartphones to receive and transmit information. New advanced SAW filters offer a higher performance solution than competing for BAW filters in the sub-2.7 GHz frequency range, hence having higher growth opportunities with the emergence of 5G technology.
  • Most renowned smartphone manufacturers adopt RF filters in their latest 5G smartphones; LG and Samsung are few among these. The advancement in SAW sensors also enables more power-efficient RF paths in 5G and 4G multimode mobile devices at a lower cost point than competing commercial solutions with similar performance metrics for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
  • Many researchers are also exploring the scope of the SAW MEMS microphone that can also be used as a wireless passive accelerometer and pressure sensor. The global MEMS microphone market will be expected to cross USD 1.67 billion by 2024.
Asia Pacific Acoustic Sensors Market

Competitive Landscape

Acoustic sensors are a relatively simple device to manufacture. Consequently, the market is highly fragmented, with many global and local manufacturers contributing to the market dynamics. The MEMS market is seeing steady growth, but companies have to face cut-throat competition leading to brutal price declines and low margins. The market is continually adding new entrants into the market.

  • June 2020 - The China-based electric vehicle (EV) producer, BYD, secured a second round of financing for its BYD Semiconductor subsidiary to increase its production. The company is interested in developing semiconductors that can increase the electric motor's efficiency in EVs. With such initiatives to improve the manufacturing capacities in the region, the demand for acoustic sensors is expected to increase.

Recent Developments

  • Dec 2021 - Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, US, announced a USD 222.3 million contract last week to ERAPSCO in Columbia City, Ind., and to the Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Manassas, Va., to build as many as 18,000 AN/SSQ-125 multi-static sonobuoys for airborne ASW operations. The sonobuoy is a consumable electromechanical ASW acoustic sensor that can be launched in the air, designed to relay the underwater sounds of ships and submarines. Sonobuoys allow Navy ASW units to track potentially hostile submarines operating in open oceans and coastal areas that threaten naval aircraft carrier combat groups and other units. Information from these systems will help enable precision attacks by air-launch torpedoes.
  • Dec 2021 - Marine scientists at the University of South Florida have launched their first field missions in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to test a new approach to mapping shallow coastal areas that are most vulnerable to coastal changes and storms but are most challenging to investigate. They used various techniques to generate high-resolution maps of these coastal areas: images obtained from an acoustic sensor mounted on a remotely controlled unmanned surface vehicle (USV), a laser-based sensor mounted on an airplane, and a satellite.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growth of Telecommunications Market

      2. 4.2.2 Low Manufacturing Costs

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Technical Challenges Associated with Acoustic Sensors

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Wired

      2. 5.1.2 Wireless

    2. 5.2 By Wave Type

      1. 5.2.1 Surface Wave

      2. 5.2.2 Bulk Wave

    3. 5.3 By Sensing Parameter

      1. 5.3.1 Temperature

      2. 5.3.2 Pressure

      3. 5.3.3 Torque

      4. 5.3.4 Mass

      5. 5.3.5 Humidity

      6. 5.3.6 Viscosity

      7. 5.3.7 Chemical Vapor

    4. 5.4 By Application

      1. 5.4.1 Automotive

      2. 5.4.2 Aerospace and Defense

      3. 5.4.3 Consumer Electronics

      4. 5.4.4 Healthcare

      5. 5.4.5 Industrial

      6. 5.4.6 Other Applications

    5. 5.5 By Country

      1. 5.5.1 India

      2. 5.5.2 China

      3. 5.5.3 Japan

      4. 5.5.4 South Korea

      5. 5.5.5 Australia

      6. 5.5.6 Rest of Asia Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.1.1 API Technologies Corp.

      2. 6.1.2 ASR&D Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 Boston Piezo-optics Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Ceramtec

      5. 6.1.5 CTS Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 ECS Inc. International

      7. 6.1.7 Epcos

      8. 6.1.8 Epson Toyocom

      9. 6.1.9 Honeywell International Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Kyocera

      11. 6.1.11 Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

      12. 6.1.12 Panasonic Corp.

      13. 6.1.13 Phonon Corporation

      14. 6.1.14 Rakon

      15. 6.1.15 Raltron Electronics Corporation

      16. 6.1.16 Senseor

      17. 6.1.17 Shoulder Electronics Ltd.

      18. 6.1.18 Teledyne Microwave Solutions

      19. 6.1.19 Triquint Semiconductor, Inc.

      20. 6.1.20 Vectron International



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Frequently Asked Questions

The APAC Acoustic Sensors Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The APAC Acoustic Sensors Market is growing at a CAGR of 14.62% over the next 5 years.

API Technologies Corp., Boston Piezo-Optics Inc., CeramTec, CTS Corporation, ECS, Inc. International are the major companies operating in APAC Acoustic Sensors Market.

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