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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.12, December 2008

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5.   Impact of the economic crisis on MEMS market

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1. Pushing Low-Cost Sensors to Market

    NanoMarkets White Paper, NanoMarkets, pp.1-6


2. Design and Development of an Embedded System for Measurement of Temperature
    and Remote Communication Using Fiber Optic Cable

    by Raghavendra Rao Kanchi, Sreelekha Kande and Ramanjappa Thogata, pp.7-17


3. Reflective Type Small-Angle Sensor Based on Multiple Total Internal Reflections in Heterodyne


    by Shinn-Fwu Wang, Po-Chin Chiu, Tsung-Hsun Yang, pp.18-24


4. An Inter-digital Capacitive Electrode Modified as a Pressure Sensor

    by T. J. Ginson and J. Philip, pp.25-32


5. A New Rotational Velocity Meter for Dynamic Testing

    by Hou Xiaoyan, pp.33-42


6. Fault Diagnosis and Condition Monitoring of an All Geared Lathe Machine Using Piezoelectric Sensor

    by Amiya Bhaumik, Nabin Sardar, Nirmal Kumar Mandal, pp.43-52


7. Modal Analysis and Experimental Determination of Optimum Tool Shank Overhang of a Lathe Machine

    by Nabin Sardar, Amiya Bhaumik, Nirmal Kumar Mandal, pp.53-65


8. Test Device for Under Water Tidal Flow Power Generation Measurement

    by Ibrahim Al-Bahadly and Paul Pinfold, pp.66-81


9. Development of Portative System for Quality Detection in Indian Honey Using Gas Sensor

    by Rohini P. Mudhalwadkar, Dr. Ashok Ghatol, pp.82-89


10.Electrostrictive Effect in Cancer Cell Reflected in Capacitance Relaxation Phenomena

     by Tapas Kumar Basak, T. Ramanujam, Suman Halder, Poonam Goyal, Prachi Mohan Kulshreshtha,

     Shweta Pandey, Himanshu Tripathi, pp.90-101


11.Wireless Pressure Sensor Using Non-contact Differential Variable Reluctance Transducer

     by K. Prabakar, Usharani Ravi and J. Jayapandian, pp. 102-108



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Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal (ISSN 1726-5479), Vol.3, Special Issue
Microsystems: Technology and Applications, December 2008


Selected Papers from the 11th Annual NSTI Nanotechnology Conference 1-5 June 2008, Hynes Convention

Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Edited by Elena Gaura and James Brusey




Elena Gaura and James Brusey, pp.1-2


Novel Synchronous Linear and Rotatory Micro Motors Based on Polymer Magnets with Organic and Inorganic Insulation Layers

Andreas Waldschik, Marco Feldmann and Stephanus Büttgenbach, pp.3-13


Adaptive Subband Filtering Method for MEMS Accelerometer Noise Reduction

Piotr Pietrzak, Barosz Pekoslawski, Maciej Makowski, Andrzej Napieralski, pp.14-24


Fluido-Dynamic and Electromagnetic Characterization of 3D Carbon Dielectrophoresis with Finite Element Analysis

Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, Salvatore Cito, Esther Collado-Arredondo, Sergio O. Martinez and Marc J. Madou, pp.25-36


Membranous Bypass Valves for Discrete Drop Mixing and Routing in Microchannels

Minsoung Rhee and Mark A. Burns, pp.37-46


Ultrasound-driven Viscous Streaming, Modelled via Momentum Injection

James Packer, Daniel Attinger and Yiannis Ventikos, pp.47-58


Multi-Functional Sensor System for Heart Rate, Body Position and Movement Intensity Analysis

Michael Mao, Bozena Kaminska, Yindar Chuo, pp.59-70


NIR FRET Fluorophores for Use as an Implantable Glucose Biosensor

Majed Dweik and Sheila A. Grant, pp.71-79


Electrostatic Voltage Sensors Based on Micro Machined Rotational Actuators: Modeling and Design

Jan Dittmer, Rolf Judaschke and Stephanus Büttgenbach, pp.80-86


Optimization of Phage-Based Magnetoelastic Biosensor Performance

S. Huang, S.-Q. Li, H. Yang, M. Johnson, J. Wan, I. Chen, V. A. Petrenko, J. M. Barbaree, and B. A. Chin, pp.87-96


Contribution of NIEL for Gain Degradation (β) in Si8+ Ion Irradiated Silicon Power Transistor

C. M. Dinesh, Ramani, M. C. Radhakrishna, S. A. Khan, D. Kanjilal, pp.97-106


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Bullet Impact of the Economic Crisis on MEMS Market


It is very clear that the current economic crisis is already having a strong impact on automotive business. As such, the MEMS automotive business will certainly remain flat in 2008 compared to 2007 at $1.3B. Key actors have extremely low visibility on Q1 and Q2 2009 and we can expect 2009 business to decrease by 10% to B$1.03. As an example: for 2008 we were anticipating unit sales of 238 million pressure sensors and 224 million accelerometers; in our re-forecast we have modified unit sales to 204 million pressure sensors and 166 million accelerometers for 2008 and 190 million pressure sensors and 157million accelerometers for 2009.


Applications with strong growth due to legislation (e.g., TPMS, electronic stability systems) or those gaining market share on existing non MEMS technologies will be less impacted compared to the established MEMS automotive applications such as MAP-BAP and airbag sensors.


The fragile players with limited cash will be severely impacted. Most planned investments for 2009 are cancelled or postponed at the moment, with no vision on when they will restart.


The impact on the consumer business is less clear and Yole Développement will continue working on this market forecast in the coming weeks. What we can say at the moment is that Q4 2008 is scheduled to be soft by most of the companies involved in consumer electronics.  Our assumption is that Christmas inventories are already manufactured and shipped along with some Q1 orders as well. With an expected drop in sales for the Christmas period, inventories will grow resulting in a slow start for 2009.  Yole expects that consumer related MEMS sales in 2008 will reach $3.26B compared to an expected $ 3.6B (8% growth compared to 16% growth expected).


So Q1 and Q2 2009 will certainly be weak (due to lower sales over the Christmas period as explained earlier), with the consequent impact on inventories we are expecting 5% growth in 2009 (compared to 16% originally forecasted), with a total MEMS consumer market reaching $3.44B.


Other markets seem to be less affected at the moment.  However, we know Telecom may suffer with Nokia announcing it will miss its 2008 target with 1.24 billion mobile phones instead of 1.26 billion units. For Nokia and Vodaphone the telecom market will suffer much more in 2009 than it did in 2008. Even if innovation and new products will keep a good level of activity, the slowdown will certainly affect the volumes and could impact prices.


Jean Christophe Eloy went on to say “The total MEMS market will reach $ 7.6 billion in 2008 and will still reach $8 billion in 2009. The crisis will and MEMS foundries deeply impact equipment manufacturers.”


The MEMS production infrastructure is undergoing 2 key changes:

  • Transition from 6’’ to 8’’ wafer size for the companies involved in high volume MEMS applications

  • Strong growth of the MEMS foundry markets, benefiting from the development of the fabless companies and the start of production outsourcing by major MEMS manufacturers.

While this evolution is irreversible, many projects will be delayed.


The MEMS market is still very fragmented in terms of companies and products and the MEMS business will be less affected compare to the semiconductor industry.


As a first conclusion, we can say that “The impact of the downturn will be important in 2008 ($500M of business will disappear) and very important in 2009 ($1.5B off). But at YOLE Développement we believe that the business will be able to recover between now and 2012 to reach $15B to $16B for the worldwide MEMS markets. The number of new applications remains very important and these are mainly gaining market share on existing technologies, bringing lower costs, more integration, more and new functions.  As always in a downturn, the winners at the end will be the companies that have been able to invest in innovative devices, deliver new functions and new applications.  So the race for innovation will just increase…”


Jean Christophe Eloy

Yole Développement

45 Rue Ste Geneviève, 69006 Lyon, France

Tel : +33 (0) 472 83 01 80, fax : +33 (0) 472 83 01 83

E-mail: eloy@yole.fr


Bullet Fast-Growing Ultrasonic Flowmeter Market to Exceed $700 Million by 2012


Wakefield, Massachusetts — The ultrasonic flowmeter market remains the fastest growing market of any flowmeter type, according to a new market study from Flow Research (www.flowresearch.com). The study, The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition (www.flowultrasonic.com), shows the worldwide ultrasonic flowmeter market at $ 440 million in 2007, up from $ 255 million in 2002, with a projected compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8% through 2012.  The study also finds that the number of companies entering the ultrasonic flowmeter market is rising and predicts that even more companies will enter the market as ultrasonic flowmeter usage continues to grow.


The single most important factor in the growth of ultrasonic flowmeters has been the explosive growth in the market of multipath ultrasonic meters for custody transfer of natural gas. Approvals from industry organizations in Europe and the U.S. boosted wider use of multipath ultrasonic flowmeters.  At the same time, the demand for natural gas, and the need to measure it, is increasing substantially. Ultrasonic flowmeters are also being more widely used to measure process gas and flare gas.


In addition, technological improvements have increased the accuracy of ultrasonic transit time flowmeters, which has led to broader use in a wider variety of conditions. Ultrasonic flowmeters now account for more than 10 percent of the revenues generated by the entire worldwide flowmeter market.


According to Dr. Jesse Yoder, president of Flow Research, the future is highly promising for ultrasonic flowmeters: “The ultrasonic flowmeter market grew very rapidly over the past several years, and we see that trend continuing, particularly as the market for gas flow measurement using ultrasonic flowmeters continues to expand. Suppliers, including larger companies with deep pockets, are jumping on the ultrasonic bandwagon. And as more and more users have positive experiences with this relatively new technology and recognize its advantages for certain applications, we believe they will increasingly adopt ultrasonic flowmeters.”


Flow Research, Inc.

27 Water Street

Wakefield, MA  01880

Tel.: 781-245-3200

 Fax: 781-224-7552

E-mail: belinda@flowresearch.com

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