Fall 2011 Conference
September 21 - 23

Jalinous (Jay) Esfandyari, MEMS Product Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics

Commercialization of MEMS Motion Sensors in the past decade (2000-2010)

Apart from the success of the MEMS accelerometers in the automotive market, the commercialization of MEMS motion sensors in the early years of the past decade was almost non-existent. However, the second half of the past decade marks a rapid and significant penetration of motion sensors into consumer electronics and mobile phones markets.

The successful commercialization of motion sensors, which started in 2005-2006 in consumer electronics and handheld devices, was accelerated by continuously increased performance and reduced size and cost of these sensors in the following years.

As developers learned how to use the motion sensors for simple applications, they gained trust in the performance and reliability of these sensors, built in-house sensor expertise and were encouraged to develop more advanced applications that required high performance sensors. Some of the MEMS sensor suppliers foresaw the big boom coming and significantly invested in their technology and technical expertise to offer improved solutions that could meet customers’ more challenging demands.

The future trend is to provide multi-sensor modules and deploy dedicated sensor fusion algorithms to make multiple sensors work together. Sensor fusion is the core element for developing high-end applications such as location based services and dead reckoning.

It is expected that the sensor fusion solution will not only significantly contribute to further commercialization of existing inertial sensors but also help other sensors find their way into the consumer electronics devices and smart phones.

This presentation will provide an overview of the challenges suppliers had to overcome in the early years of the past decade to successfully commercialize their sensors. It will also give a look at what we should expect in the next coming years.