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Forecast: MEMS sales rising to $1.5 billion in 2010

8/16/2010 05:25 PM EDT
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re: Forecast: MEMS sales rising to $1.5 billion in 2010
docdivakar   8/24/2010 6:05:24 AM
A lion's share of the growth in MEMS this year has come from accelerometers. A few MEMS gyroscope designs are also now available, with more to follow early next year. What is impressive is their adoption in the automobile industry for active and semi-active chassis for road roughness compensation, roll-over sensing (needs a combination of accelerometers and gyro's), seat belt activation, engine knock sensors, etc. For the last one, with appropriate frequency response / bandwidth, accelerometers can make engine knocks virtually undetectable to the driver. What was not clear from the article was the collateral sales enabled using MEMS technology and processes. 3D design has been used in MEMS from day one and the main stream chip industry is only now beginning to adopt some of the technology and process byproducts. For stacked chips with/without TSV's, MEMS has a lot to offer in both design and manufacturing. What was also not clear is the discussion on the product sales with integrated MEMS and logic/memory products on the same substrates or in sensor-integrated 3D stacks. There have been couple of products released with much more than just a sensor and these deserve some coverage. MP Divakar

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re: Forecast: MEMS sales rising to $1.5 billion in 2010
VincePG   8/17/2010 4:05:40 AM
What's great about mems apparently they can use last generation or two foundry technology to manufacture these micro devices. Recycle old foundry equipment. Very cool. An accelerometer in every electronic device. Everything becomes a Wii paddle. When your wife throws her cell phone at you, an alarm in your cell phone can go off to duck.

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