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MEMS industy is facing a paradox …


  • Yole Développement’s presentation – TSensors Summit™, Sept. 15-17 in Munich, Germany
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Lyon, France – September 8, 2014: The MEMS industry is growing. Yole Développement (Yole) announces a $24B market in 2019. More and more applications are using the existing devices. In parallel, MEMS companies are getting stronger in term of sales… This is the position of the MEMS industry today, detailed by Yole Développement (Yole) in its latest report, Status of the MEMS Industry 2014 (August 2014 edition).

Yole, the market research, technology & strategy consulting company will present at TSensors Summit™ 2014, its latest analysis on the MEMS industry. Taking place in Munich, Germany, from September 15 to 17, this event is co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Christoph Kutter, director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT, and Dr. Janusz Bryzek, originator and Chair of TSensors initiative.

No single brand new MEMS device has been launched, since the silicon microphone in 2003. Numerous new devices like autofocus, RF switches, energy harvesting, micro fuel cell… have been announced years ago and are still struggling to enter large volume production, mainly because of the Nessy effect: when companies are developing a new device, most of the time, they are targeting consumer applications. This strategic choice means that companies have to move in production their single sample in millions of devices per month or per week, in a very short time. Under this context, such time-to-market is always a challenge for MEMS players. Indeed, MEMS companies have to solve manufacturing issues, test issues… and reach yields, compatible with the consumer area.

So, the MEMS industry is facing a paradox … A significant number of the overall new devices is possible candidate to support the impressive growth of the MEMS business; in parallel, design and manufacturing infrastructure is today not able to bring such disruptive innovations from working prototypes to high-volume production. “This is the main issue of the MEMS industry, since 2003”, explains Jean-Christophe Eloy, President & CEO, Yole Développement. “The MEMS silicon microphone generated hundreds of millions dollars sales 10 years later. Since then, no new innovative device, with a similar success, has been launched”, he adds.

... “The MEMS silicon microphone generated hundreds of millions dollars sales 10 years later. Since then, no new innovative device, with a similar success, has been launched...”, says Jean-Christophe Eloy

All along its daily interviews with the key players of the MEMS industry and based on its expertise, Yole’s team identifies a lot of incremental innovations: for example, gyroscopes and accelerometers moving from 1 axis to 3 axis, combined in the same package, then in the same silicon wafer… But sensing principle is often the same. And targeted market value is limited, even if related applications have been enlarged a lot and if market volume, in units, is exploding.
How can the MEMS industry solve such big issue?
“Without new devices and related innovative business strategy, most of the MEMS companies will step by step compete on price and we will be involved in a commoditized business”, analyzes Jean-Christophe Eloy.

Yole’s presentation at TSensors Summit™ 2014, will focus on the MEMS industry analysis. Jean-Christophe Eloy will describes the current market and its major technologic trends. He will highlight the related issues and identify how the market could become stronger and how companies could break the Nessy effect. TSensors Summit™ final agenda is now available on the website. Make sure you will attend and meet the leaders of the MEMS industry.

More information about Status of the MEMS Industry 2014 report is available on, MEMS reports section.

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