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ST Microelectronics continues to drive MEMS market and application development with innovative technology

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Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group at ST Microelectronics will deliver a keynote speech at the SEMICON Taiwan 2012 MEMS Forum.

The keynote speech will address key factors of ST’s leadership and the new trends in MEMS technology for the smartphone and tablet market.

The increasing application of motion-sensing in gaming platforms and smartphones is spurring the development of MEMS technology, products and applications. MEMS technology has transformed user experience since the adoption of motion sensors six years ago for a more natural man-machine interface in a consumer application.

According to Yole Développement, MEMS will continue to see steady, sustainable double-digit growth over the next six years with 20% compound average annual growth in units and 13% growth in revenues. Yole expects the market to reach $11B in 2012, growing to $21 billion by 2017.

According to Benedetto Vigna, ST is the leading supplier of MEMS sensors for consumer and portable applications, with a leading foothold across all top-selling mobile platforms, supplying a range of accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses and combinations of motion sensors in one package as well as pressure sensors.

He adds that new products such as MEMS pico-projectors will be made available for smartphones and tablets. ST is also collaborating with Microsoft to develop a motion-and-orientation Human Interface Device (HID) sensor solution running on the Windows 8 operating system.

The recent acquisition of the Israeli start-up company bTendo’s intellectual property will enable ST to accelerate the propagation of embedded miniature projectors in next-generation portable consumer devices.

With more than 2.5 billion motion sensors sold in the market to date, ST’s MEMS sensors have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in a number of popular consumer devices including smart phones, tablets, personal media players, game consoles, digital still cameras and remotes, making them more accessible to users.

ST’s MEMS are also widely used for free-fall protection in laptop hard-disk drives, for implantable devices and many other healthcare products as well as in car infotainment and enhanced navigation. In addition, ST is also developing automotive MEMS devices for applications such as airbags and tyre pressure monitors.

The SEMICON Taiwan 2012 MEMS Forum is taking place on Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Room 401, 4F, TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, Taiwan from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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