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MEMS remains a bright spot in the semiconductor world, expanding faster than the overall chip industry. Consumer and mobile applications continue to be the leading MEMS segments despite saturation of the handset and tablet markets. Even so, other areas are emerging as the next major drivers of MEMS market growth, such as the IoT impacting the industrial space, as well as mandates on safety sensors attaining full implementation in automotive.

Follow both leading and potential high-value future products for semiconductors—including opportunities for the MEM business in its automotive, consumer electronics, mobile, medical and industrial segments—with our wide-ranging research and analysis.

Analyst Insights View All (76)

  • Jamie Fox | January 31, 2017
    Fingerprint sensors are in an explosive growth phase and can expected to be a standard feature on most mid- and high-end smart phones from 2017 onwards. These mid- and high-end smart phones have driven the market so far. However, growth from 2017 and 2018 onwards will also rely more on usage in low-end smart phones, notebooks and tablets.
  • October 28, 2016
    Xiaomi is the first smartphone OEM to implement an ultrasonic proximity sensing solution. This is not a coincidence as the Mi Mix has the highest screen to body ratio (edging out some devices from Sharp). This leaves Xiaomi with nowhere to place a proximity sensor, a key sensor for touchscreen smartphone usability. Please log in for more.
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  • October 27, 2016
    In a previous analyst insight on the ams acquisition of Heptagon, it was noted that the acquisition could be linked (among other reasons) to Heptagon having a major customer commitment (assumed to be Apple) for a product ramp in H2 2017. IHS Markit has assumed that this must be for Heptagon’s time of flight packaging work (to be combined with ams’ IC design and sensors). As mentioned by ams in a recent call, it would have the scale to ramp up production of this part to meet high volume demands in a way that Heptagon could not. Press on title to read the rest...
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Comprehensive coverage of sensor technology used in the automotive industry including analysis of the current and future market opportunities.
Comprehensive insight and analysis on microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors used in smartphones, wearables and consumer electronics
Comprehensive coverage of the microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors market including analysis of the leading and potential applications using the technology


Reports View All (17)

  • Jamie Fox | January 26, 2017
    This report tracks the currently booming market for fingerprint sensors in mobile handsets, tablets and notebooks. These sensors are becoming a standard feature in high-end smart phones, with further growth expected.
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  • Jérémie Bouchaud | January 17, 2017
    This report and database presents an overview of the light sensor market covering consumer, Industrial and Automotive. Key use cases and sensor trends are discussed, shipment and revenue forecasts as well as market share data for a range of consumer end products are presented.
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  • Jamie Fox | January 12, 2017
    The drive for increased sensor capabilities continues in 2017. IHS Markit has carefully tracked the trend for sensor use in wearables and smart phones which are the focus areas of this report. This report covers environment sensors (gas, humidity and ultraviolet) and optical health sensors (heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose).
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  • Richard Dixon, PhD | May 09, 2017
    This semi-annual PowerPoint slide report and database addresses opportunities, disruptive forces, technology battlegrounds, supply and market information for internal combustion engine sensors.
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  • Jérémie Bouchaud, Richard Dixon, PhD | March 22, 2017
    This market tracker addresses key opportunities, disruptive forces, technology battlegrounds, supply chain and market information for the various semiconductor magnetic sensors including Hall, GMR, AMR, and emerging technologies such as TMR and MEMS.
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  • Richard Dixon, PhD | March 01, 2017
    This market tracker addresses key opportunities, disruptive forces, technology battlegrounds, supply chain and market information for the various automotive semiconductor magnetic sensors ...
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Analysts View All (5)

  • Icon Senior Principal Analyst, Consumer Devices and MEMS & Sensors
    Brian O’Rourke has responsibilities in consumer electronics and wireless technologies at IHS, including image sensors, digital imaging and mobile broadband.
  • Icon Senior Director, MEMS & Sensors
    Jérémie Bouchaud is unique to the MEMS industry – his breadth of MEMS device and application knowledge is unmatched, particularly in terms of automotive, consumer markets and RF MEMS.
  • Icon Principal Analyst, MEMS & Sensors
    Richard Dixon is a principal analyst for MEMS and author of more than 50 MEMS-related consulting and market research studies. He is a world-renowned expert on automotive MEMS and...
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