Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Time has come for MEMS oscillators

PHOENIX, USA: The MEMS oscillator market is still at a nascent stage. It represents less than one percent of the total timing market of $6.3 billion. Nevertheless, the potential growth of MEMS oscillators continues to attract more vendors. There are currently nine vendors shipping MEMS oscillators. Two more have announced they will start shipping later in 2012. More are expected to jump into this market.

The MEMS oscillator has to compete with the long established quartz crystal oscillators. MEMS oscillators offer several advantages over quartz devices. In addition to various metrics on performance and reliability, MEMS hold a distinct edge over quartz in size, cost and power consumption.

How have the MEMS oscillator vendors approached the timing market? What are the emerging strategies to achieve increasing penetration for MEMS oscillators? Which applications offer high growth potential for MEMS oscillators?

In its recent report, "The Time Has Come For MEMS Oscillators," Semico Research examines the size of the timing market by key applications and end use markets. MEMS oscillator growth is driven by increased penetration into high growth applications. The reasons for higher adoption are presented. Semico examines the key players in MEMS oscillators, as well as discussing potential future entrants.

The report contains 14 tables and 15 figures presenting detailed information. The companies cited in this report are Abracon, Discera, Ecliptek, IDT, IQD, Micro Oscillator, NXP, Sand9, Seiko Epson, Silicon Labs, SiTime, TXC, VTI, Murata, STMicroelectronics, Bosch, Freescale and Microsemi.

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