In the past, MEMS used in mobile phones were confined to three distinct categories: inertial, filters and microphones. Today, mobile phones require a much larger range of MEMS devices. Due to the increased number of MEMS devices required in cell phones as well as the ever increasing number of individuals adopting smart phone devices, the global market for MEMS is expected to grow significantly into the year 2018.
Currently, there are well over 25 sensors and actuators being produced for mobile applications, including such MEMS devices as accelerometers, gyroscopes, touchscreens and fuel cells. In addition to these products, companies in the semiconductor manufacturing industry are developing a wide variety of brand new MEMS devices, which will allow for even more growth in the coming years.
The following are just a few changes that have been implemented in various MEMS devices:
- Sensors. There have been notable architectural modifications in inertial sensors due to the industry’s adoption of IMU combo sensors. In addition to inertial sensors, efforts have been made for integration of sensor fusion in the application processor. These changes have been brought about due to the increase in connected devices and the use of mobile phones as a hub.
- MEMS Microphones. The industry has made significant changes to the architecture of the dual microphone in mobile devices for improved performance. Furthermore, there has been a push for integration of a third microphone, which allows for HD voice recording.
- Long Term Evolution (LTE). LTE has been adopted so widely that it is now considered the standard of wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones. Its increased integration in high-end platforms is expected to grow the duplexer market.
Due to the high demand for MEMS devices with increased functionality, which is achieved by making changes such as those listed above, there has been a massive shakeup in the marketplace, leading to erosion of market share. There are now many opportunities for small businesses in the semiconductor manufacturing industry and other industries to compete with the larger companies in production of MEMS devices.
At Shin-Etsu MicroSi, we have dedicated numerous resources to making sure that we stay on the cusp of the latest MEMS technologies. We understand that consumer performance expectations are much higher today, so technology must adapt in order to meet or exceed these expectations. If you are interested in learning more about our MEMS technologies and how they can help your business, call Shin-Etsu in Phoenix at (480) 893-8898 or contact us online.