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MEMS Oscillators Continue to Replace Quartz Devices
http://www.electronics.ca/presscenter/articles/1599/1/MEMS-Oscillators-Continue-to-Replace-Quartz-Devices/Page1.html
By Electronics.ca Research Network
Published on November 22, 2011
 
As most end markets continue to decline and consumers around the globe scale back their spending, MEMS devices are showing that they are “recession proof” by growing in all market segments, and experiencing the best growth in booming segments of tablets and smart phones.

As most end markets continue to decline and consumers around the globe scale back their spending, MEMS devices are showing that they are “recession proof” by growing in all market segments, and experiencing the best growth in booming segments of tablets and smart phones. In fact, accelerometers are now found in over 80 percent of smart phones, a number that continues to increase. What’s more, a series of new MEMS products were first introduced earlier this year, this includes several new 3-axis gyroscopes, pressure sensors for indoor navigation, pico projectors, MEMS microphones, thermophiles (contactless temperature sensors), MEMS actuators used for auto focus features inside digital cameras, and a whole variety of new MEMS-based timing products. This is boosting revenue at the MEMS leaders including STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, SiLabs, IDT, and others.

Maxim Integrated Products Acquires MEMS Supplier

In July 2011 Maxim Integrated Products acquired fabless MEMS firm SensorDynamics AG for $130 million. With the acquisition of the company Maxim takes on about $34 million of debt. SensorDynamics is a major designer of MEMS-based yaw rate sensors for the industrial market and automotive smart-key chips. The company is also present in the energy harvesting market. Maxim claims that with the acquisition it would become a leading competitor in the inertial MEMS sensor and wireless MEMS sensor interface markets.

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