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Challenges in MEMS and Sensor Manufacturing Point to Need for Collaboration

The MEMS, sensor and semiconductor industries have long been connected by a shared  infrastructure and supply chain, but there are significant differences in the manufacturing of MEMS and  sensors, including the use of unconventional materials, wafer bonding, packaging, lack of standard processes, to name a few. As the MEMS and sensor industries scale in volume and usage in conjunction  with semiconductor devices, it's important that both industries take a deeper look at our common challenges to identify the issues that would benefit from a collaborative approach.

Sensor Hub Shipments to Reach 6.9 Billion Units by 2020, says Semico Research

The market for sensor fusion has been growing rapidly and has seen major changes and shifts in the ecosystem. The market opportunities have attracted more chip vendors. In the span of one year, the number of companies offering a sensor hub controller has grown from 16 to 33 companies. The sensor hub vendors are not only targeting smartphones and tablets, but are also focusing on wearables and the broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

IoT Under Threat, Says Semico Research

Connectivity and interoperability are key elements for the IoT. The goal is to generate data from many end nodes in products and devices. These are physical objects with unique IP addresses. Consumers want products and services that will enhance and improve their lifestyles. The forecast for the number of connected devices is expected to reach 36 billion units by 2020.

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