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Car, wireless apps push pressure sensors as top MEMS segment

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pressure sensor? MEMS? handset market? medical electronics? GPS?

According to the recent prediction from IHS, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) pressure sensors will experience tremendous growth this year to become the leading type of MEMS device. The forecast is driven and hinges on the equally healthy market for automotive and handset markets, noted the market research company.

Revenue for MEMS pressure sensors this year will reach a projected $1.71 billion, up 14 per cent from $1.50 billion in 2012. This year's growth improves on the already solid 11 per cent increase of 2012, but even rosier prospects are in store next year when expansion peaks at 16 per cent. Steady, uninterrupted growth will continue until at least 2017, by which time the market will be worth $2.49 billion.

Used for control and monitoring purposes, pressure sensors are set this year to become the biggest-selling MEMS device, displacing the incumbent leaders: accelerometers and gyroscopes, said IHS.

"Pressure sensors play a key role in automotive safety," said Richard Dixon, Ph.D., principal analyst for MEMS & sensors at IHS. "Because of this, the biggest market remains the automotive segment, where the sensors predominate in tyre-pressure monitoring and braking systems. However, wireless applicationsled by mobile handsetswill see the most explosive growth this year, up by 90 per cent. Other important markets for pressure sensors are in medical electronics, industry, white goods and military/aerospace."

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In automotive, MEMS pressure sensor revenue in 2013 is expected to amount to $1.26 billion, or fully 74 per cent of total industry revenue for the year. At least 18 automotive applications will fuel the space, including tyre pressure, brake sensors used in electronic stability control systems, side airbags, engine control related to increasingly stringent emissions regulations worldwide, barometric pressure and exhaust gas recirculation pressure.

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