Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager of STMicroelectronics Analogue, MEMS and Sensors Group delivered the keynote speech at the SEMICON Taiwan 2014 MEMS Forum.
Speaking on the next wave of MEMS applications, Vigna shared his thoughts on ST’s leading market and technology roles as well as how MEMS and sensors continue to make a positive contribution to people’s lives.
The development of motion sensor technologies in the past decade has transformed the way people interact with electronic devices. ST played an important role in this revolution by developing and deploying motion sensing capabilities to a large variety of smart consumer applications. Thanks to a wide variety of sensing technologies, user interfaces are more natural and intuitive, provide easier access to information, and help connect people and things better.
According to Benedetto Vigna, motion sensing technology is spreading beyond smartphones to influence all aspects of consumers’ lives. ST is well equipped to lead the next evolution of the MEMS industry, with its broad and diversified product portfolio coupled with a robust and reliable high-volume supply chain and a strong partner ecosystem.
According to IC Insights, the market for MEMS-based devices is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.7% between 2013 and 2018, reaching the annual volume of $12.2 billion by the end of the period.
With almost 5 billion MEMS sensors and 3.5 billion MEMS actuators sold in the market to date together with complete control of its design and production processes, ST is the one-stop MEMS supplier of choice, offering a comprehensive portfolio of micro-machined accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, magnetic sensors and microphones.
Additionally, ST offers the capability to integrate these in multi-sensor combos with on-board signal processing, control functions, sensor-fusion algorithms, and wireless connectivity. ST is also at the forefront of technology development with almost 1000 MEMS-related patent families, leading the way towards intelligent and independent sensing devices that will open new horizons in consumer electronic, healthcare, environmental sciences, and many other domains.