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STMicroelectronics reaches three billion MEMS sensor milestone
STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced it has shipped three billion MEMS sensors to date.
According to information and analytics firm IHS, ST’s total MEMS and sensor sales grew more than 19percent in 2012, reaching a total of approximately $800 million. In the largest of these markets, motion sensors in mobile handsets and tablets, ST’s MEMS sales accounted for 48 percent of the market, well more than twice as large as that of its closest competitor, according to IHS
“Our research shows that, in the mobile market, ST is the number one MEMS supplier across all of the important mobile handset operating systems,” said Jeremie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at IHS. “Even in the highly competitive Android market, ST has nearly twice the market share of its nearest competitor.”
ST’s MEMS sensors have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in many different popular consumer devices, including most of the leading smartphones, tablets, personal media players, game consoles, digital still cameras and remotes, making these more accessible and appealing to people.
“Sensors play a crucial role in the evolving wireless world, in enabling the intuitive gesture-based control that is increasingly expected as the norm and in paving the way for new services and user experiences,” said Benedetto Vigna, ST Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group. “From sensors to secure communications, from power management to display driving and projection, ST solutions are enabling wave after wave of innovation in the wireless world that is changing the lives of people everywhere.”