MEMS Gyros Poised to Redefine the Smartphone

EETimes writer R. Colin Johnson has posted an excellent article on MEMS manufacturer InvenSense’s foray into the smartphone market. (For more on MEMS gyros taking off, see Colin’s article, “Five Apps That Will Make 2010 the Year of the Gyroscope” in Smarter Technology.)

The article notes:

  • Estimated at $115 billion, the smartphone market is very lucrative for MEMS makers like InvenSense.
  • InvenSense CEO Steven Nasiri was quoted as estimating “that in less than two years, every phone will be a smartphone with a camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and email.”
  • InvenSense’s new 3-axis gyro integrates with an accelerometer to provide new user interface functionality for the apps that smartphone users demand, such as gaming and music applications.

It will be interesting to see if Apple’s rumored tablet computer (to be announced today at a special event in San Francisco) will incorporate any gyros into its user interface. (Isn’t a tablet computer essentially a bigger smartphone?)

Read Colin’s full article here and check out his blog on next generation electronics–NextGenLog–as well.

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