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2010-06-11 More handsets to pack MEMS gyroscopes
Already shipping in millions of units per month for image stabilization in digcams, gaming controllers and for 3D mice, the cellphone gyroscope market is predicted become even larger in just a few years.
2010-06-10 iPhone 4 equipped with MEMS gyroscope
Confirming earlier speculation, Apple Inc. has unveiled the iPhone 4 smart phone sporting a MEMS gyroscope.
2010-06-09 Looking acoustically into MEMS devices
Acoustic imaging of MEMS devices before dicing provides the advantage of identifying gap-type defects before further value is added.
2010-06-07 HP secures top spot in MEMS market
Hewlett-Packard Co. remains on top of the MEMS sensor market in 2009, leading semiconductor IDM and fabless firms with $877 million in MEMS revenue, according iSuppli Corp.
2010-05-31 MEMS gyro improves helicopter flight safety
ADI is providing its high-performance iMEMS gyroscope technology for a new aircraft flight safety and training tool developed by Appareo Systems.
2010-05-20 ST stays on top of MEMS foundry market
STMicroelectronics Inc. maintains its lead in the MEMS foundry business with some 40 percent share in 2009, according to Yole Developpement.
2010-05-18 MEMS oscillators break into mass market
After years of R&D and manufacturing capacity build-up, MEMS oscillators appear to be taking off.
2010-05-13 MEMS gyro handles intense shock, vibration
Analog Devices Inc. has developed the high-performance, low-power ADXRS450 iMEMS gyroscope with digital output specifically for angular rate (rotational) sensing in harsh environment.
2010-05-10 Tessera buys MEMS-based camera developer
Tessera Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Siimpel Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of MEMS-based camera solutions for mobile imaging applications.
2010-05-07 MEMS microbots take the spotlight
MEMS-based microbots weighing only a few nanograms and measuring a few hundred microns long took the center stage at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
2010-04-30 Silicon Labs takes over MEMS company
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired Silicon Valley-based MEMS company, Silicon Clocks
2010-04-28 MEMS mics deliver high-fidelity audio playback
ADI offers MEMS mics that enable advanced audio functions including high-fidelity A/V playback and voice recognition with built-in wind noise suppression.
2010-04-13 MEMS gyros give smart phones new twist
Miniature gyroscopes are invading next-generation smart phones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
2010-04-05 ST develops MEMS sensor for glaucoma treatment
STMicroelectronics will develop and supply a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna and mechanical support for additional read-out electronics in a platform developed by Sensimed.
2010-03-25 Coming soon: MEMS killer apps
Emerging MEMS applications promise to herald a new era of killer MEMS apps, according to market research firm Yole Development.
2010-06-11 More handsets to pack MEMS gyroscopes
Already shipping in millions of units per month for image stabilization in digcams, gaming controllers and for 3D mice, the cellphone gyroscope market is predicted become even larger in just a few years.
2010-06-10 iPhone 4 equipped with MEMS gyroscope
Confirming earlier speculation, Apple Inc. has unveiled the iPhone 4 smart phone sporting a MEMS gyroscope.
2010-06-09 Looking acoustically into MEMS devices
Acoustic imaging of MEMS devices before dicing provides the advantage of identifying gap-type defects before further value is added.
2010-06-07 HP secures top spot in MEMS market
Hewlett-Packard Co. remains on top of the MEMS sensor market in 2009, leading semiconductor IDM and fabless firms with $877 million in MEMS revenue, according iSuppli Corp.
2010-05-31 MEMS gyro improves helicopter flight safety
ADI is providing its high-performance iMEMS gyroscope technology for a new aircraft flight safety and training tool developed by Appareo Systems.
2010-05-20 ST stays on top of MEMS foundry market
STMicroelectronics Inc. maintains its lead in the MEMS foundry business with some 40 percent share in 2009, according to Yole Developpement.
2010-05-18 MEMS oscillators break into mass market
After years of R&D and manufacturing capacity build-up, MEMS oscillators appear to be taking off.
2010-05-13 MEMS gyro handles intense shock, vibration
Analog Devices Inc. has developed the high-performance, low-power ADXRS450 iMEMS gyroscope with digital output specifically for angular rate (rotational) sensing in harsh environment.
2010-05-10 Tessera buys MEMS-based camera developer
Tessera Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Siimpel Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of MEMS-based camera solutions for mobile imaging applications.
2010-05-07 MEMS microbots take the spotlight
MEMS-based microbots weighing only a few nanograms and measuring a few hundred microns long took the center stage at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
2010-04-30 Silicon Labs takes over MEMS company
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired Silicon Valley-based MEMS company, Silicon Clocks
2010-04-28 MEMS mics deliver high-fidelity audio playback
ADI offers MEMS mics that enable advanced audio functions including high-fidelity A/V playback and voice recognition with built-in wind noise suppression.
2010-04-13 MEMS gyros give smart phones new twist
Miniature gyroscopes are invading next-generation smart phones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
2010-04-05 ST develops MEMS sensor for glaucoma treatment
STMicroelectronics will develop and supply a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna and mechanical support for additional read-out electronics in a platform developed by Sensimed.
2010-03-25 Coming soon: MEMS killer apps
Emerging MEMS applications promise to herald a new era of killer MEMS apps, according to market research firm Yole Development.
2009-11-30 ST taps Omron sensor tech for MEMS mic
STMicroelectronics has expanded its portfolio with MEMS microphones that use sensor technology from Omron Corp.
2009-11-17 MEMS gyro packs 360�� detection
The sensor provides 360�� angular-rate detection for high-precision 3D gesture and motion recognition.
2009-11-17 DoCoMo cuts handset BOM with RF MEMS
MEMS technology is critical to the success of future of wireless handsets, according to a DoCoMo Research Laboratories executive.
2009-11-09 MEMS gyros fit for gesture-controlled gaming apps
ST's newest MEMS gyroscopes measure 3mm x 5mm x 1mm, addressing the size constraints of consumer apps.
2009-11-04 Three-axis gyro chip packs MEMS resonators
InvenSense has developed a three-axis gyroscope chip that combines separate MEMS resonators for motion tracking, offering a cheaper alternative for game controllers and remote control devices.
2009-11-03 Yole: MEMS to rebound by 2011
The MEMS market has been flat since 2007, from $7.1 billion in 2007, to $6.8 billion in 2008 to an estimated $6.9 billion in 2009 but Yole D��veloppement expects a restart of the net growth after 2010.
2009-10-21 Handheld electronic compass applications using a Kionix MEMS tri-axis accelerometer
This application note explains the integration of a Kionix MEMS tri-axis accelerometer into a handheld electronic compass application.
2009-10-20 MEMS film usher in brighter, cheaper displays
Uni-Pixel's Opcuity MEMS films are used in TMOS displays and are 10x brighter and 60 percent cheaper to manufacture than LCDs.
2009-10-19 Tilt-sensing with Kionix MEMS accelerometers
This application note describes how to use Kionix MEMS low-g accelerometers to enable tilt sensing. Applicable theory, plots and equations are provided with this note as guidelines.
2009-10-19 MEMS delivers high-precision motion sensing
The medium-g accelerometer enables high-level vibration monitoring and high-shock detection without any loss of information.
2009-10-19 SVTC, TSMC join efforts on MEMS, biochips
SVTC and TSMC have teamed up on emerging technologies such as MEMS, biochips, new materials and novel structures.
2009-10-16 Rohm enters MEMS market with Kionix acquisition
Rohm plans to continue the operations of Kionix as a stand-alone business, retaining the company and brand names.
2009-09-29 Mobile apps drive MEMS mic shipments
The 2009 slowdown will not hinder the growth of MEMS microphones as shipments are set to more than triple from 2008 to 2013 due to strong acceptance in mobile handsets and other applications.
2009-09-10 Dual-axis MEMS gyro tailored for digicams
Invensense Inc. claims to be the first MEMS vendor to offer a digital, two-axis gyroscope chip for camera stabilization.
2009-08-25 Bosch beefs up MEMS biz with Akustica acquisition
Robert Bosch North America agreed to acquire Akustica Inc., an innovator in the application of CMOS MEMS.
2009-08-25 Trio drives MEMS for aerospace, defense
Tower Semiconductor Ltd, Jazz Semiconductor Inc. and SVTC Technologies have signed an MOU that will expand Tower and Jazz's aerospace and defense (A&D) MEMS customer base.
2009-07-31 Evaluating MEMS, ASIC chips for automotive apps
This article describes the technical challenges related to automotive electronics qualification and verification of a MEMS-based sensor and ASIC system.
2009-07-23 MEMS equipment to reap $500M by 2012
The MEMS sector is forecasted to stay flat for the next year or so but there is room for innovation for inertial MEMS, RF switches, energy harvesting and micromirrors, according to Yole Developpement.
2009-07-20 Integrating MEMS-based motion processing devices
Motion processing is the next major disruptive technology that will drive innovation in handheld consumer electronic product design. This article defines a six-axis motion processing solution.
2009-07-20 Consumer/wireless MEMS defy downturn
The market for MEMS used in consumer electronics and wireless products is expected to generate 6.4 percent growth in 2009, according to iSuppli Corp.
2009-07-07 MEMS devices grow, equipment drops
The Information Network releases stats on global MEMS device, equipment, and materials markets.
2009-07-01 Quartz MEMS paint pressure sensors green
Epson Toyocom has disclosed a quartz MEMS technology that eliminates the hazardous oils and gases used in most high-precision pressure sensors, making pressure sensors greener.
2009-07-01 MEMS oscillators set frequencies
Discera's Dragonfly is the world's first truly portable programmer for oscillator frequencies.
2009-07-01 MEMS foundry arena gets more crowded
A new report by Yole Developpement found that at least 50 companies are now playing in the MEMS foundry market, a highly fragmented and competitive segment that has become critical to the MEMS industry.
2009-06-16 MEMS oscillators tout ��25ppm frequency stability
Discera has expanded its PureSilicon product offering to include industrial temperature ranges (-40��C to +85��C) with �� 50ppm and ��25ppm frequency stability.
2009-06-15 MEMS accelerometer fits ultraslim designs
STMicroelectronics has launched the LIS302DLH, claimed to be the thinnest three-axis digital MEMS accelerometer.
2009-06-09 MEMS gyros promise stability in wide temp range
STMicroelectronics has launched a new family of single- and multi-axis MEMS gyroscopes deliver superior performance and reliability for angular-motion detection.
2009-06-04 MEMS find place GPS, mobile apps
MEMS sensors are increasingly being integrated into phones, MP3 players, GPS units, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), portable medical scanners and all sorts of greentech products.
2009-06-01 Accelerometers to top MEMS market by 2013
Accelerometers in recent years have emerged as a critical input device for some of the world's hottest electronic products, causing shipments to boom, making them the top-selling MEMS device by 2013, according to iSuppli Corp.
2009-05-26 High-voltage amp fits piezoelectrics, MEMS apps
Trek Inc. is offer the PZD350A high voltage power amplifier, which offers wide bandwidth and additional features important in piezoelectrics, electro-optics, MEMS and other applications.
2009-05-20 MEMS/IC environment handles co-simulation, co-verification
Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Coventor Inc. have developed what they claim to be the first environment to allow 3D MEMS models to be designed and simulated in tandem with CMOS integrated circuitry.
2009-05-05 Pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyro readies for Wii
InvenSense Inc. has launched what is claimed to be the first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyroscope, that is able to sense the two axes used by remote controls and baton-shaped game controllers like the Wii, creating a new category of 3D motion sensor.
2009-04-29 MEMS accelerometers pack smart algorithms
Freescale's MMA7660FC MEMS accelerometer has three power modes, along with eight power-select options, that allow devices to draw the minimum amount of power necessary for specific applications.
2009-04-16 MEMS fire up component revolution
Semiconductor vendors are in either in the MEMS sector or will be out of business; that was the stark assertion that came out of a panel session at the recent Globalpress Electronics Summit.
2009-04-06 Wireless, MEMS advancements boost energy harvesting
What has really changed energy harvesting in the last two decades? The answer, in sum, is a confluence of the development of wireless and lower power electronics, along with advancements in sensors and MEMS.
2009-04-02 MEMS oscillator offered in smaller packages
SiTime Corp. takes claims that it has developed a solution called a voltage-controlled MEMS oscillator (VCMO), which measures just 2.5mm x 2mm, compared with VCXOs enclosed in 3mm x 3mm packages.
2009-04-02 MEMS motion sensor delivers analog output
STMicroelectronics has beefed up its portfolio of ultracompact, high-performance MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output.
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