At this time last year we provided a list of ten startup companies to keep an eye on in 2014 operating in the area of analog, MEMS and sensors. This year there are many interesting companies emerging and so we have decided to increase the total to 15 entries.
The blossoming of the sector may be to do with the general buoyancy of the total global semiconductor market, which looks set to achieve close to a 10 percent year-on-year growth in value in 2014 and to the fact that analog, MEMS and sensor activities seem to be doing slightly better than the overall average. Certainly the proliferation of sensors within mobile handsets seems to be an encouraging development. There is not only scope for a greater number of more sophisticated sensors in such equipment but also for the same or similar sensors to appear broadly across other equipment from automotive to industrial and medical.
The latest batch of newcomers includes companies active in inertial, image and chemical sensors as well as depth perception and gesture recognition. And if the list seems skewed away from the purely analog – it possibly reflects the fact that there appears to be greater value to add at a lower cost of entry in the more application-specific area of sensors.
What follows are 15 private companies we feel are worth tracking in 2014 listed in alphabetical order.
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