Wednesday, June 09, 2010

#MEMS gyros seen gaining cell phone design wins

Last month I predicted that every smartphone out there will have a gyroscope too by this time next year--iPhone 4 is fulfilling that prophecy--but now I'll go one step further. Look for MEMS accelerometers and gyros to be complemented with barometers for altitude and magnetometers (compass) for heading, enabling pinpoint navigation indoors by 2012. R.C.J.

As cell phone makers add gyroscopes to their smarter models to keep pace with human interface trends pioneered by Apple's iPhone 4, market forecasters are upping their predictions on unit sales of MEMS gyroscope chips. Already shipping in millions of units per month for image stabilization in digital cameras, gaming controllers and for 3-D mice, the new cell-phone gyroscope market is predicted become even larger in just a few years. With the iPhone 4 setting the trends in smartphones today, explosive grow in the market for gyroscopes is sure to follow, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.), which predicts that competitors will need to keep pace with Apple by adding gyroscopes to their smartphones, too, catapulting the market from zero in 2009 to 285 million units by 2014.
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