Kionix Sale for $233.0 Million to Rohm in a Booming Consumer Electronics MEMS Inertial Market

Contributed by Laurent Robin, MEMS Analyst, Yole Développement Until 2009, the MEMS industry was traditionally driven by the automotive area. This was true for pressure sensors for instance, and also for inertial sensors: MEMS accelerometers for airbags became the first high-volume application for MEMS inertial sensors. But whereas the market for motion sensors is now […]

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Nokia Beats Apple to Compass-in-Phone

Contributed by St.J. Dixon-Warren, Manager, Process Analysis, Chipworks Inc. In a good example of Apple’s superior media hype, when the latest 3GS iPhone was launched in June, some note was made of the addition of an electronic compass to improve the accuracy of the GPS map applications. The mobile phone media appears to have completely […]

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Chipworks: Inside Analog Devices’ New MEMS Strategy

St. J Dixon-Warren, Manager, Process Analysis, Technical Intelligence, Chipworks Inc. Analog Devices has recently changed their MEMS strategy. Since the introduction of the ADXL50 in 1991, Analog has built their MEMS inertial sensors using their iMEMS technology, which integrated the micromechanical structures and ASIC circuitry on a single die. The development of this technology culminated, […]

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