New approaches to MEMS are needed to drive growth in sensors and the Internet of Things, according a panel of speakers at the upcoming Semicon West event.
If the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to drive the next round of electronics industry growth, it will depend in large part on the MEMS and sensor technology that will enable all those smart objects to interact with the real world. But the ramp of new MEMS designs to volume production may take too long and cost too much to meet IoT market expectations, unless the industry figures out ways to accelerate MEMS development.
New applications for existing MEMS devices are driving healthy 12% annual growth in the MEMS sector, but the difficulty of ramping disruptive new products to volume production may slow down growth unless the sector figures out how to smooth the translation of mechanical devices to silicon, suggests Jean-Christophe Eloy, CEO and president of Yole Développement, who will speak on the future of MEMS at Semicon West 2015 in San Francisco on July 14.
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