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Bosch dominates MEMS market

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Robert Bosch? MEMS? Yole Developpement? ST? Apple?

Robert Bosch GmbH led the market with a 20 per cent growth in MEMS sales while STMicroelectronics, which ranked second, saw its MEMS sales drop in 2014, according to the latest report from Yole Developpement. Driven by Apple iPhone 6 design-wins MEMS sales at Bosch grew to more than $1.2 billion while ST's MEMS business declined from $970 million in 2013 to about $800 million in 2014.

The gap between first and second ranked is now more than $400 million and has revealed Bosch as a titan of the industry.

Although ST fell back towards Texas Instruments the top five MEMS vendor ranking remained unchanged in 2014 and together these five companies Bosch, ST, TI, Hewlett Packard and Knowles Electronics are responsible for around one-third of the total MEMS industry.

Top 30 MEMS supplier companies ranked by 2013 sales

Top 30 MEMS supplier companies ranked by 2013 sales. (Source: Yole Developpement)

RF companies also enjoyed impressive growth, with a 23 per cent increase for Avago to close to $400 million and a 141 per cent increase for Qorvo, formerly Triquint, to $350 million.

Growth in the inertial sensor market was beneficial to InvenSense, which grew its MEMS business by 32 per cent in 2014 to $329 million and was able to climb from 11th ranked in 2013 to 10th in 2014. Freescale saw a 33 per cent increase in its pressure sensor business, driven by tire pressure monitoring systems for automotive although overall its sales increased by less than 10 per cent.

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