North American MEMs-based sensors markets growing

San Jose, CA—Growth of commercial micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology is energizing the MEMS-based sensors market in North America, according to a recent study, "North American Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)-based Sensors Markets," by Frost & Sullivan, a provider of strategic growth and consulting services.


San Jose, CA —Growth of commercial micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology is energizing the MEMS-based sensors market in North America, according to a recent study, "North American Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)-based Sensors Markets," by Frost & Sullivan , a provider of strategic growth and consulting services. MEMS-based sensors include MEMS accelerometers, pressure sensors, gyroscopes, radio frequency systems and integrated sensor platforms, known as MICA.

The study revealed that the MEMs-based sensor market generated revenues worth $1.3 billion in 2001 and is expected to reach $3 billion in 2008. This market growth can be seen in highly advanced automotive applications, such as inertial sensors, tire monitoring systems, adoption of wireless MEMS-sensing technologies in global positioning satellite systems and seismic monitoring.

'Lower entry barriers in less conglomerate markets and widespread use of MEMS-based sensors in aerospace and defense, industrial process control, and manufacturing infrastructure validate the emerging status of this industry,' says Daniela Carrillo, Frost & Sullivan's research analyst.

The study adds that collaboration among academic and industry researchers provide a thrust to development of sensor-based home diagnostic equipment, such as infusion pumps, oxygen concentrators, hemodialysis machines, and blood glucose monitors. Also, promotion of MEMs technology by the U.S. Defense Department, NASA and other government-based agencies, such as DARPA, is rapidly expanding market opportunities.

'New military applications such as airborne radar and electronic warfare systems increase the demand for compact, reliable, and low-cost MEMS-based sensors,' adds Ms. Carrillo.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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