MEMS chips entering mass consumer markets
September 22, 2011 // R. Colin Johnson
As MEMS enters the mainstream, the high-volume markets will favor mergers and acquisitions over the next five years, as the larger player fill in the gaps of their integrated solution for OEMs, who must fuse the outputs of multiple MEMS sensors for a wider variety of applications than just tablets and phones.
Of the current MEMS vendors, few can keep up with the volumes needed to supply iPads and other mainstream consumer devices like STMicro, Bosch, Texas Instruments and Freescale Semiconductor. Smaller players like Invensense, VTI and MEMStech will have to settle for smaller OEM accounts or be forced into mergers and acquisitions, according to market watcher ABI Research.
ABI forecasts that the market for MEMS chips will grow to nearly $1.5 billion in 2016, driven by soaring sales of touchscreen tablets and smartphones. The overall MEMS market, including electronics, displays, sensors/actuators and microfluidics, is expected to grow from $10 billion in 2011 to $18 billion by 2016, according to market research firm Yole Development.
"To be successful in consumer electronics markets, you have to have economies of scale and be able to supply a broad range of solutions," said Peter Cooney, practice director for semiconductors at ABI, in his recent report, "MEMS Vendors: A Competitive Analysis."
All the leading vendors are supplementing their portfolios of accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, and pressure sensors with sensor-fusion software that simplifies the task of integrating their outputs into actionable information that apps can harness for gesture-recognition, automatic screen orientation, security tasks, and emergency safety reactions, such as shutting down before impact when free-fall is sensed.All news
Micrel's 10 criteria for choosing a MEMS foundry
April 18, 2014
Micrel Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has prepared an article that lays out the 10 criteria to help guide someone in the choice ...
Superconducting qbits made immune to quasiparticle energy loss
The Filter Wizard: Just add a transistor
Mobile display revenues soar, leaving TV behind
European organic PV project aims for material gains
Nanomaterial-packed cathode extends range of EV lithium-sulfur batteries
April 17, 2014
Researchers at the USA's Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a metal organic framework ...
Wearable computing market on 78% CAGR through 2018
OLED TV shipment delays stall OLED material growth
BMW updates navigation via mobile radio connection
- USB 5V 2.5A Output, 42V Input Synchronous Buck with Cable Drop Compensation
- Measurement applications across multiple test platforms
- Supplying DC input power to string inverters
- Supplying DC input power for HEV testing
InterviewHeartbleed challenges the Internet of Thing
The Heartbleed security bug is a key example of the fundamental security challenge for the Internet of Things says Green Hills Software as it launches a new security group.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten XMC1200 lighting application kits, worth 100 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Each kit combines Infineon’s brightness and colour control XMC1200 CPU board to drive flicker free LED dimming and colour changing, together with a colour LED card and a white LED card.
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.