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MEMS and Microcontrollers Helping Each Other Grow, But Change is in Motion

MEMS and microcontrollers work closely together in many applications.  In the simplest case, a sensor provides an input to an MCU.  The sensor will detect an activity or condition in the environment and convert this to a signal that the MCU uses for its algorithm.  In some cases the MCU may drive a MEMS such as an actuator. 

Tony Massimini Speaking at Sensors Expo & Conference

Join Tony Massimini at the Sensors Expo & Conference on June 4th in Rosemont, IL.  Tony will be speaking during the Pre-Conference Symposium titled MEMS Sensor Fusion: Faster. Stronger. Smarter.  This event is hosted by the MEMS Industry Group.  

Semico Research Salutes Paolo Soleri, Architect and Artist

Photos: (left) Dean Kamen and Jim Feldhan. (right)Dr. Tsugio Makimoto, Dr. John Kelly III, Jim Feldhan and Wally Rhines.

Mobile Healthcare: New Technology for a Healthy Lifestyle

Phoenix, AZ - April 16th, 2013 One of the problems facing the healthcare industry today is the constant struggle to proactively engage consumers into monitoring and managing their own health before acute or chronic illness sets in.

The solution can be found within the semiconductor industry. Specifically, MEMS, wireless, and cloud services are enabling a healthcare revolution where consumer medical devices will increase from 49.6 million units in 2013 to 271 million units in 2017, a CAGR of 45%.

System(s)-on-a-Chip: Changes in Design Methodology

Phoenix, AZ - April 9th, 2013 Advances in the 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market as well as in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) market have allowed silicon designers to increase the complexity in their silicon solutions to the point where the industry can actually think about these solutions in the plural sense, as System(s)-on-a-Chip (SoC).

Semico's Tony Massimini to Present Live Sensor Fusion Webinar February 19, 2013

Phoenix, AZ - February 13th, 2013 -- Sensor fusion has become an important feature for many portable devices, in particular smartphones, tablets and the emerging Ultraportable PCs. In fact, sensor fusion is required by Windows 8 for all tablet PCs and all convertible Ultrabooks, and recommended for clamshell Ultrabooks. Intel offers reference platforms for tablets and Ultrabooks that include a sensor hub block connected directly to the CPU. Many advanced applications are enabled by sensor fusion, including geo-fencing, gesture controls and context awareness.

Mature Fabs Still Process 40% of all Silicon

Phoenix, AZ - January 30th, 2013 -- Advanced technologies and the latest consumer electronics grab the major headlines but the semiconductor industry depends on mature technologies and legacy equipment. Today, about 40% of all silicon used to produce semiconductors are processed using mature manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing processes at 0.18 micron and larger still utilize 200mm and smaller wafer fabs.

Wafer Demand Increased 3.8% in 2012

Phoenix, AZ - January 23rd, 2013 -- Semico recently released our Quarterly Wafer Demand Summary and Data, and as usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is, manufacturing yields on 28nm have improved so for the time being, capacity is no longer a constraint in the supply chain.

Analog Market to Grow 9.5% in 2013

Phoenix, AZ - January 15th, 2013 -- Semico Research recently published a detailed forecast and analysis of the analog market, titled Analog Forecast, Products, Suppliers and Foundries. The analog market totaled $40 billion revenue in 2012 and is expected to experience a 9.5% dollar and a 6.4% unit growth for 2013. Growth in is two main areas. As the popularity of mobile electronic devices continues, analog power management chips continue to advance, improve performance and find new applications. Secondly, the world is still analog.

NFC, AR, Sensor Fusion all at CES

Phoenix, AZ - January 7th, 2013 -- If there is one theme coming out of CES before the show even starts, it's that this is going to be a very different year with all new technology leading the way. Previously, consoles and DTVs have driven the press releases in the days leading up to the show, but now, all we're hearing is NFC this, and AR that.

Are you familiar with the new markets that will be driving the industry in 2013?