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3-Axis & 6-Axis eCompass Comparison Technology and Cost Review

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ecompass review flyer Over 20 eCompasses from the main players analyzed and compared!

Magnetometers are widely integrated in consumer applications. More and more devices will require a positioning system and magnetometers are essential for such a purpose. A CAGR of +8% in units is forecasted by Yole Developpement from 2015 to 2020.
In this report, 3-Axis & 6-Axis eCompasses from different suppliers and different generations are compared in term of technology choice, manufacturing process and cost.


The main eCompass references have been extracted from a wide selection of smartphones and analyzed. Size and technology quickly evolve but the main players remain AKM and Yamaha, representing more than 80% of the market. Nevertheless, several products from other players have been analyzed as well. These players, like Aichi Steel, ALPS, Bosch, Everspin, Honeywell or MEMSIC use different technologies and could disrupt the market within the next years.

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The report includes a description of eCompass technologies (Hall sensor, AMR, GMR, TMR, MI, Fluxgate) and a comprehensive supply chain evaluation for most of 3-Axis & 6-Axis eCompasses. All of this technologies are physically analyzed and compared in this report including new devices like the Yamaha YAS537 3-Axis eCompass found in the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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Table of contents

Overview / Introduction


3-Axis & 6-Axis eCompass Market

  • eCompass Consumer Market

  • MEMS TOP40 Ranking

  • eCompass Consumer Market Share

  •  eCompass Average Selling Price (ASP)

  • eCompass Supply Chain

  • 3-Axis eCompass Supply chain

  • 6-Axis eCompass Supply chain

  •  eCompass for Smartphone Market

  •  eCompass Reference Evolution

  •  eCompass Footprint Evolution

  •  High-End Phones eCompass Suppliers

  • Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi)

  • Compass Design Wins in 2013-2015 Smartphones


eCompass Technologies
  • Magnetometer Technologies
  • Magnetometer Sensitivity vs Maturity
  • Magnetometer Technologies Principle (Hall, Flux Gate, AMR, GMR, TMR)

3-Axis eCompass Technology & Cost Analysis

  • Analyzed 3-Axis eCompass References
  • 3-Axis eCompass Cost Structure, Footprint & Cost Evolution, Sensitivity vs Measurement Range, Cost vs Sensitivity
  • Single-Chip WLCSP 3-Axis eCompass
    • WLCSP eCompass Cost Structure
    • AKM AK8975, AK8973, AK8963 & AK09911
    • Yamaha YAS539, YAS532B & YAS537
    • Bosch BMM150
  • Multi-Chip Molded 3-Axis eCompass
    • Molded eCompass Cost Structure
    • Alps Electric HSCDTD008A
    • MEMSIC MMC3316xMT
    • Honeywell HMC5883
    • STMicroelectronics LIS3MDL
    • Freescale MAG3110


6-Axis eCompass Technology & Cost Analysis

  • Analyzed 6-Axis eCompass References
  • 6-Axis eCompass Cost Structure, Footprint & Cost Evolution, Sensitivity vs Measurement Range, Cost vs Sensitivity
    • Bosch Sensortec BMC050 & BMC150
    • STMicroelectronics LSM303D & LSM303C
    • mCube MC6450
    • Freescale FXOS8700CQ
    • Kionix KMX61

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System Plus Consulting utilizes an engineering approach to cost. Cost models and technology expertise are combined to provide customers with an accurate and objective estimation of manufacturing costs and selling prices.

Headquartered in Nantes, France, System Plus Consulting is specialized in technology and cost analysis of electronic components and systems. During our 20 years in business, we have built and refined detailed cost models as the primary tools for hundreds of analyses. The highly qualified System Plus cost engineers combine broad and deep skills in semiconductor and electronics technologies with years of experience in cost modeling.

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− Custom reverse costing analyses: technology analysis followed by cost evaluation
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− Costing tools: software tools combining models and data to perform cost analysis

System Plus Consulting analyzes any type of electronic devices and systems, with a special focus on semiconductor technologies. Major fields of technology and cost expertise are:
− Integrated Circuits
− Power Devices and Modules
− MEMS & Sensors
− Photonics: LED, Image Sensors
− Packaging including wafer level
− Electronic Boards and Systems

Our analyses are used by Purchasing Departments to measure their suppliers’ cost structure, R&D Departments to confirm technological choices depending on their impact on costs, and Benchmarking/Marketing Departments to monitor the products on the market.

System Plus Consulting is committed to provide a high level of service:
− Delivery of reports and custom analyses with a minimum lead time.
− Results presentation and online Q&A sessions when support is needed.
− Open methodology and full confidentiality in order to maintain a trustful collaboration.

Since 2008, our partnership with YOLE Développement has allowed us to stay at the forefront of technologies and has added a market view to our reports.

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  • eCompass Consumer Market

  • Supply Chain Evaluation

  • Magnetometer Technologies

  • Physical Analysis of 20 Leading Devices with Detailed Photos

  • Complete Comparison for 3-Axis & 6-Axis eCompasses

  • Manufacturing Cost Analysis