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MEMS & Sensors

With 2016 sales of $11.4B, MEMS owns the lion’s share of the total semiconductor-based sensors & actuators market. In 2016 MEMS held 30% of this market’s value (estimated at $38B), and will grow at a 14% CAGR over the next five years. Not bad compared to the overall semiconductor industry! In fact, the total semiconductor sensor industry is expected to reach $66B in 2022, at a CAGR that will double from 2015 - 2022. $66B will be nearly 15% of the overall semiconductor business according to Yole Développement recent report Status of the MEMS Industry 2017.

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“The introduction of products by big players, the emergence of new SCM applications and the entry of the top 5 logic foundries will drive the market,” announces Santosh Kumar, Senior Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement (Yole).

The “More than Moore” market research & strategy consulting company, Yole releases this week the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory report, 2017 edition. Under this update, the company presents an overview of the semiconductor memory market and a deep understanding of the emerging NVM applications. Forecasts of each market segment and detailed analysis of each NVM technologies are detailed in this report.

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An article written by Colin Johnson for EETIMES - Report predicts $20 billion audio device market by 2022 to serve ‘voice powered future’. The market for microphones based on microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices will reach the $1 billion milestone, or 5 billion units, this year, up from $993 million in 2016, according to a report from Yole Développement (Lyon, France). Yole further predicts that the electret microphone (ECM) market will hit $700 million this year, edging the combined revenue tally for MEMS and ECM mics close to $2 billion by year’s end.

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Safran announced that it had acquired an equity interest in Kalray through its Safran Corporate Ventures subsidiary, which invests in disruptive technology businesses.

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“We have entered a time when MEMS and semiconductor-based sensors, combined with increasing processing power, will bring exciting new applications such as AR/VR , autonomous vehicles, 3D sensing, and 5G communications,” explains Dr Eric Mounier, Sr Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement (Yole).

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Robert Bosch will spend roughly one billion euro (about $1.1 billion) to build a 300-mm wafer fab in Dresden, Germany, the company said, confirming German media reports that have been circulating for more than a week.

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