STMicroelectronics ships one billionth MEMS device
ST�s micro-machined accelerometers and gyroscopes have empowered motion-activated user interfaces in a number of popular consumer devices, like game consoles, smart phones and remotes, making these more accessible and appealing to consumers.
In the past five years, ST has trimmed down the size of MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes from over 500mm2 to less than 10mm2 and at the same time increasing resolution, accuracy, temperature stability and lowering power consumption by a factor of 10. ST is now paving the consumerization wave of MEMS as well as its application to high-volume gaming systems and mobile applications.
ST has set up a dedicated 8in MEMS fabrication line, using a low-cost high-volume LGA package, and will likewise develop state-of-the-art calibration equipment in strong cooperation with key partners. Currently, ST manufactures nearly 50 million MEMS Motion Sensors a month.
Group VP and General Manager of the MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog Division at ST, Benedetto Vigna says, �The revolution to affordable and accurate and motion sensors has dramatically changed the way consumers interact with mobile phones, games, and other electronic devices.� He explains that with the combination of economy of scale with industry-leading sensor and application expertise, ST will sustain its offerings in Consumer MEMS and will drive the development of new and fast-moving MEMS markets, like in healthcare, industrial and automotive.
As a one-stop MEMS supplier, ST provides a exhaustive portfolio of micro-machined motion, pressure, magnetic and acoustic sensors. Furthermore, ST has also begun integrating multiple MEMS sensors in one package, leading to giant leaps in features and performance, as well as augmenting autonomous processing capability and wireless connectivity for interfacing with the outside world.
According to iSuppli, the MEMS market is projected to maintain its growth in 2010 and beyond with revenues estimated to attain $7 billion in 2010 and more than US$10 billion by 2014. The sustained demands from consumer and mobile applications dominate the growth, and these fields are predicted to become the biggest MEMS segment, at $3.2 billion, by 2014.
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