Global Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors market is anticipated to witness tremendous growth owing to increasing use in consumer application. It gathers information from environment through measuring mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical, magnetic and optical phenomenon. Evolution in MEMS technology has lead to reduction in size of the sensor making it efficient, cost effective and compatible at the same time. High demand for smart-phone is expected to drive market growth over the forecast period. Increasing safety concern and regularity requirement is expected to increase the adoption of MEMS sensor in automotive sector. They are used for electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, frontal airbag and side airbags. Increasing use in wearable system is anticipated to be key driver for the MEMS sensors market over the forecast period. Increasing popularity in healthcare segment is expected to propel market growth. Industrial Internet of Thing (LoT) is expected to drive the growth of MEMS devices in application such as assets tracking systems, building automation and smart grids. Technological advancement such as sensor fusion is anticipated to drive market growth over the next seven years. Benefit of MEMS technology includes low power consumption, low cost, miniaturization, integration and high performance. Increasing investment in research and development and continuous innovation may lead to enhanced sensing technique and improved technical capability.
Accuracy and calibration issues during sensor fusion may pose a challenge to market growth. Intense competition among market players is key challenge, forcing them to keep the price low to remain competitive in the market.
MEMS sensors market can be segment based on application into consumer products, automotive, healthcare and other application. MEMS sensor can also be segmented based on the type into pressure sensors, inertial sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes) and chemical sensors. Application of MEMS sensors in automobile includes tire pressure, oil pressure, fuel pressure, air flow etc. Blood pressure sensor, endoscopes and intracranial pressure sensor are few application of pressure sensor in bio-medical applications. Airbag deployment, collision avoidance and skid detection, automobile navigation, antitheft system, active suspension, rollover detection etc. are some of the automobile application of inertia sensor. Features such as eco-friendly and bulk manufacturing, compact size and energy efficiency are expected to be the key driver for the automobile MEMS sensors market.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to be key regional market over the forecast period owing to presence of emerging economies China and India along with increasing growth of the automobile and consumer electronics segments.
Key market player in MEMS sensors market are STMicroelectronics N. V., MegaChips Corporation., AMS AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, InvenSense Inc., Panasonic, Canon, Seiko Epson Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Knowless , Denso, Avago Technologies, Sensata, Measurement Specialties Inc., Analog Devices Inc., Kionix Inc., Memsic Inc., Freescale Semiconductor Inc., Alps Electric Co. Ltd., Texas Instruments Inc etc. In March 2015 AMS AG, an Austrian company acquired German based ASIC maker ACAM to strengthen ACAM’s product portfolio for sensor application owing to AMS’s much larger research and development, manufacturing resource and sales. In October 2014 MegaChips Corporation acquired SiTime Corporation to strengthen technological capability. Market player may turn to acquisition to build combination devices to strengthen their product portfolio. Strategic partnership and investment in MEMS providers may provide semiconductor companies opportunities to gain aces to emerging MEMS devices for instance in 2013, component maker Alps Electric made USD 3 Million strategic investment in Qualtre to strengthen its MEMS expertise. STMicroelectronics MEMS sensor portfolio includes accelerometers, digital compasses, gyroscopes and humidity sensors. Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. acquired Xsens Technologies BV to gain technological capability to enter into inertial MEMS market. In March 2015, NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Freescale Semiconductor announced a merger of USD 40 billion to enhance their market presence in automotive semiconductor solutions and general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products.
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