Video: Bosch Sensortec celebrates 10th birthday
Ten years after its formation the company is recognized as the largest supplier of MEMS-based sensors in the consumer electronics market. Bosch Sensortec is a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH where the deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) process that has enabled development of the MEMS sector was developed.
The silicon structures at the center of the chip measure acceleration and rotation in three dimensions. The beams are roughly 2-microns wide and 20 microns high. By comparison, the hair is 90 microns in diameter. Source: Bosch Sensortec.
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Since 1995, Bosch has delivered more than 5 billion MEMS sensors, and more than 4 million MEMS sensors per day are shipped from Bosch’s wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany. The Bosch group provides sensors for a wide range of automotive and consumer electronics applications, as well as MEMS microphones from its Akustica subsidiary. It holds more than 1,000 patents and patent applications related to MEMS technology.
In addition to supplying inertial sensors Bosch Sensortec provides environmental sensors space including barometric pressure sensors, humidity sensors and integrated indoor air quality sensors. Source: Bosch Sensortec.
The creation of Bosch Sensortec in 2005 has provided the Bosch group with an incredible competitive advantage and has propelled the company to first place, with its total MEMS market size worth $1.2 billion, 50 percent higher than its closest competitor, and an incredible growth momentum," said Jean-Christophe Eloy, CEO of market analysis firm, Yole Developpement.
"When Bosch became the top manufacturer of MEMS sensors and actuators in 2013, and making history in the process as the first company to reach $1 billion in market revenue, most of the growth came from Bosch Sensortec," said Jeremie Bouchaud, senior director of MEMS and sensor research at IHS. "It is clear that Bosch’s bet on consumer applications paid off as this segment accounted for a third of Bosch’s total MEMS revenue in 2014."
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