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MEMS & Sensors

Step counting and gesture recognition in tiny packages. Step counter optimized for wearable devices, integrated directly in the sensor. No external microcontroller necessary to enable step counting. Easy to integrate for fast time-to-market and low power consumption. Bosch Sensortec announced a new family of MEMS acceleration sensors for wearable devices, offering high performance and ease of integration in compact packages: The BMA456 and BMA423 are specifically designed for motion and fitness tracking in wearables.

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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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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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