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MEMS evolution is coming

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? sensors? 3D? piezoelectric?

Change is coming for MEMS sensors. According to French market analysis firm Yole Developpement, the market for MEMS devices based on 3D packaging, novel materials and detection principles will grow from $1.6 billion in 2013 to $1.8 billion in 2014 and then accelerate to about $3.7 billion in 2019.

This places "new" MEMS as being worth about 14 per cent of the total MEMS market in 2013 of $11.7 billion rising to about 15 per cent by 2019, which is when Yole reckons the total MEMS market will be $24 billion.

MEMS growth forecast

New MEMS revenues. (Source: Yole)

"For conventional MEMS it is becoming harder to both decrease cost and size," said Eric Mounier, author of a report on new detection principles and the technical evolution of MEMS and NEMS for Yole. "People need to find different ways and these include maximum optimisation for a given process and principle of detection and the use of 3D stacking and packaging. Bosch, ST and mCube already use TSVs. This can push forward the miniaturisation of MEMS."

Janusz Bryzek, originator and chairman of the Trillion Sensors Summit initiative, recently gave an impression of the economic potential of the mobile sensor market today and in the future. Between 2007 and 2014, this market has grown from $2 billion to $13 billion. At the same time, the complexity of these sensors exploded from 1,000 to 1 million transistors per sensor.

Enablers for this giant market are breakthroughs in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, nanomaterials, networking, computational systems and robotics. A particular important role will play the availability of 3D printing systems at a large scale, Bryzek said. MEMS and MEMS-based systems will play a major role in sensor development, he added. (see IoT floods industry with trillion sensors)

In addition, Mounier pointed out that there is also the increasing use of novel principles of detection such as piezoresistance.

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