The MEMS industry is outpacing the semiconductor industry, in both growth and innovation, according to the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), which held its MEMS Executive Congress in Napa CA recently.
With a 10% increase in attendance over 2012, MEMS Executive Congress highlighted innovation within MEMs technology through presentations, panels and awards. Market analysts such as IHS Inc.’s Jérémie Bouchaud predicted that the MEMS industry will grow twice as fast as the semiconductor industry. Gregg Bartlett, chief technology officer, GlobalFoundaries, captured the buoyant mood during the opening keynote presentation.
“MEMS is an innovation race, not an arms race. If you can dream it, it can be built,” said Bartlett. “That’s the beauty of MEMS. It is limited only by someone’s ability to conceive it.”
From market analysts, such as Yole Développement’s Laurent Robin, described a wider variety of MEMS in the smartphone of 2018, to HTC America’s Gary Yao, who predicted that watches, glasses and wearable patches will join smartphones in our connected world of 2020. Other event speakers cited the critical role of consumer and mobile markets in the growth of MEMS.
Donald Jones, vice president, Global Strategy & Market Development, Qualcomm Life, explained the blurring lines between consumer applications and wireless healthcare devices, many of which leverage smartphone technology to empower patients and medical professionals.
“We are beginning to see the disappearance of the medical device,” said Jones. “The machine itself will be gone.”
A trade association comprised of more than 160 companies, MEMS Industry Group (MIG) works at advancing MEMS across global markets.