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Presented by Yole Développement
Sponsored by Freescale
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Moderator & Speakers:

Laurent Robin, Activity Leader Inertial MEMS Devices & Technologies, Yole Développement & Michelle Kelsey, Product line Manager, Freescale - Jeff Perkins, President, Yole Inc

Sep. 04, 2012 - 08:00 AM PDT


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Inertial sensors in mobile products is the hottest segment of the MEMS industry. It is already a large market and it is still growing. In 2011 the growth was very high in particular for MEMS gyroscopes (+76% to reach $680M) and magnetometers (+54% to reach $354M). However we predict that the market for discrete inertial sensors is going to stabilize and then decline in 2014-2015. Indeed a new category of product is being adopted: combo sensors with 6 to 10 degrees of freedom in a single tiny package: accelerometer + gyroscope combos, e-compass…The market for such inertial combo sensors is growing from $52M in 2011 to $1.3B in 2017. This will represent more than 45% of the global consumer motion sensor market at this time.

Smartphones and tablets are the main driver for adoption such solutions, as it will be shown during the webcast. Along with the market evolutions, the competitive landscape situation will be detailed. Although some markets are rather stable (such as accelerometers), there are significant changes that happen quickly when it comes to 3-axis gyroscopes or to inertial combos. There is a strong race between ST Microelectronics, InvenSense, Bosch Sensortec, Kionix and other new entrants to lead this combo market segment.

The evolution of technologies for front-end and assembly will be reviewed, as well as the trend for sensor fusion software. Indeed software is becoming an essential part of the global motion sensing solution, and is being offered both by MEMS makers, who are now trying to be more involved in software, and by specialized companies with high expertise in sensor fusion.


Laurent Robin is in charge of the MEMS & Sensors market research at Yole Developpement. He previously worked at image sensor company e2v Technologies (Grenoble, France). He holds a Physics Engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, plus a Master Degree in Technology & Innovation Management from EM Lyon Business School, France




Michelle Kelsey is the product line manager at Freescale for Sensors supporting the Mobile Market. Michelle has over 10 years of experience driving Sensors products including a former background in Applications Engineering supporting sensors in industrial, consumer, medical, and appliance markets. Michelle holds multiple patents for Sensor Applications.  She has presented papers at conferences such as Sensors Expo and IATA and has authored technical articles in publications including Sensors Magazine, Wireless Design and Development, EETimes, Machine Design, Elektronik i Norden, and Sensors China. Michelle earned an M.B.A from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut.



Jeff Perkins has been working with emerging technologies for over 20 years and is responsible for Yole’s activities and Business Development in North America. Jeff has a BS in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France




This webcast is sponsored by:

Freescale is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. As a proven leader in high-volume manufacturing, Freescale's Xtrinsic sensing solutions are designed with the right combination of high-performance sensing capability and customizable software. www.freescale.com/sensors


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