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Comprehensive analysis for MEMS and Sensors by device type. Includes Magnetic, Light and Image Sensors as well as consumption in end equipment.

Analyst Insights View All (22)

  • Jérémie Bouchaud | March 25, 2015
    Bosch #1 Bosch reinforced its leadership in the MEMS industry in 2014 with a 16.6% increase to $1167 million up from $1001 million in 2013. Bosch alone held 12% of the very fragmented MEMS market in 2014 compared to 11% in 2012. Bosch took the leadership in 2013 thanks to his design in the Apple iPhone 5s and iPad with its accelerometer. Apple boosted Bosch’s MEMS revenue in 2014 again as Bosch is the sole supplier of the pressure sensors added to the iPhone 6 and 6+. Besides Apple, Bosch enjoyed a strong growth of its motion combo sensors with Sony both for gaming with the Sony PS4 and for handsets and tablets. Bosch started going after the consumer MEMS market in 2005 when it created Bosch Sensortec. It added MEMS microphone to its portfolio with the acquisition of Akustica in 2009. Bosch’s bet on consumer applications paid off as this segment now accounted for a third of Bosch’s total MEMS revenue in 2014 compared to less than 18% in 2012.
  • Jérémie Bouchaud | March 25, 2015
    Interacting with a computer with gesture is fascinating since Steven Spielberg made it so real and intuitive in the movie Minority Report in 2002. In the meantime Microsoft has applied this principle successfully to gaming with the Kinect in 2010. Hand gesture seems to receive also some traction in automotive as Volkswagen is implementing this user interface with an array of infrared photodiodes around the central display and an ASIC from Elmos in millions of cars since 2013.
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  • Brian O’Rourke | March 16, 2015
    After a difficult few years for its CMOS image sensor efforts, Toshiba has given recent indications that it is attempting to re-claim its leadership position among the competition. Recent announcements indicate an effort...
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  • Marwan Boustany | January 26, 2015
    This report provides a unique Who-Sells-What-Sensor-to-Which OEM for the years 2010 to 2014, as well as examining emerging applications such as wearables and smart lighting. This report provides an unmatched granularity with market shares and forecasts pivot tables, allowing combined breakout by application, sensor function, integration type (discrete, combo, 2-in-1, 3-in-1…), and analog versus digital.
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  • Jérémie Bouchaud | December 15, 2014
    The market for high value MEMS - i.e. from industrial processes to building, medical and mil-aero - shows a very upbeat 9.4% CAGR (2013-2018). This compares to 5.5% in the 2010 in 2014 period. 2014 is a therefore a watershed that heralds a new area of faster growth for the industrial and medical...
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  • Marwan Boustany | October 08, 2014
    First handsets with fingerprint sensors appeared 10 years ago in Japan. As for accelerometers and gyroscopes in 2007 and 2010 the market picked up when Apple added this sensor in its iPhone and later in the iPad. Samsung...
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  • Jérémie Bouchaud | December 18, 2014
    Worldwide market revenue for MEMS directly used in industrial IoT equipment will rise to $120 million in 2018, up from $16 million in 2013, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Additional MEMS also will be used to support the deployment of the IoT, such as devices employed in data centers.
  • Marwan Boustany | October 23, 2014
    Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
  • Jérémie Bouchaud | October 16, 2014
    Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS Technology.

Analysts View All (4)

  • 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 Senior Analyst, MEMS & Sensors
    Marwan Boustany covers the areas of MEMS and sensors for mobile and consumer technologies. His work includes the tracking of sensors in handsets, tablets, laptops, and sports and fitness products.