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January 2016

Trends in MEMSTechnology 2016



– like other areas of electronics, sensors continue to drive

power consumption down for mobile applications and to make energy har-

vesting more fruitful too. This is happening with smarter hardware and also

with better algorithms and context aware computing for smarter overall



Higher Integration

– different types of discrete sensors being packaged to

look like one as well as full monolithic solutions. This would also include sen-

sor arrays. Advances in packaging and test are also helping this direction.


New delivery vehicles

– fab based sensors being added to printed sensors

on flexible substrates – a hybrid platform. Perhaps beyond 2016 but we will

eventual see more solutions that utilize roll-to-roll printing techniques for

ultra high volumes and lower cost solutions. We will also see large area elec-

tronics/sensors that are becoming the surface of or are embedded into build-

ings, walls, flooring, furniture, etc.


A rise of new sensor types beyond inertial sensors

– optical, gas, chemi-

cal and biosensors to name a few. Many of these will feed the needs of the

personal healthcare, environmental sensing, food-ag tech and clean energy

segments. This rise will also put pressure on the need for new standards for

these emerging sensor types.


Smart data to benefit all

– the more sensors deployed, the more data is

generated and potentially the greater revenue earning potential for the data

analytics companies. I believe its time for the sensor companies to start par-

ticipating in this revenue stream also. Some of the profits from the backend

data monetization needs to be reinvested into the front end hardware sensing

technologies. This drives greater thinking on end to end solutions such as sen-

sors as a service.


Chief Strategy Officer


Cell: 480 282 1162