Contributed by Jean-Christophe Eloy, President & CEO, and Jérôme Mouly, Market Analyst, Yole Développement
This year’s ranking of the Top 20 MEMS foundries starts to shift East, as TSMC makes the ranking for the first time.
TOP 20 MEMS Foundries – 2009 revenues
Double digit growth at Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Microsystems (APM) and Touch Microsystems (TMT) also help push the combined share of these companies in Taiwan to close to 9% of total Top 20 foundry revenues, which represent the vast majority about 96% of global MEMS foundry revenues of the total MEMS foundry market. That’s still a small part of the total, but it’s almost double the share last year. Continue reading
Contributed by Jérôme Mouly, MEMS Technology and Market Analyst,Yole Développement
Total MEMS revenues from the Top 30 MEMS suppliers tracked by Yole Développement slipped 5% in 2009, as the worldwide downturn hit consumer and automotive sales. But innovation still continued to sell. Companies with new, high-end products managed healthy growth, led by an eye-popping 500% increase at InvenSense, Inc., rapidly building up a $95M business in gyroscopes for consumer electronics. Continue reading
Contributed by Richard Dixon, Senior Analyst MEMS, iSuppli
Back in February 2009 the iSuppli MEMS and sensor team reported on trends in the automotive magnetic sensor market, and has since completed a comprehensive report on the whole market for silicon magnetic sensor elements and ICs – predominantly Hall, asymmetric magnetoresistive (AMR) and giant magnetoresistive (GMR) based devices. This article provides the cliff notes of our special report and briefly compares different technologies and highlights just some of the many applications for this very pervasive sensor.
Where do these sensors play? The fields are broad and include:
- High-cost applications like industrial motors that require accurate knowledge of rotor position to control loads
- Mid-priced automotive sensor ICs that measure rotation speed angle, and position
- Low-cost consumer and mobile phone products
Yole Développement: Top 30 MEMS Companies
Yole Développement recently published its annual ranking of the top 30 MEMS companies based on 2009 sales revenue — and it’s heartening to see so many MEMS Industry Group members represented among them. Continue reading
Contributed by Frédéric Breussin, Project Manager, Microfluidics, Yole Développement
Despite its exciting potential, point-of-care diagnostics has yet to develop into the big market many expected. Testing for infectious diseases now looks like the most promising markets, as companies develop more sophisticated integrated systems that go beyond simple immunoassays to molecular diagnostics at reasonable cost. Continue reading