"MEMS in In­dia is at its start­ing point and is a key pil­lar for lot ap­pli­ca­tions"

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As a pi­o­neer in the field of elec­tron­ics and semi­con­duc­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing, STMi­cro­elec­tron­ics is well placed to have a vi­sion of the bright fu­ture of MEMS in In­dia. In a con­ver­sa­tion with Baishakhi Dutta, se­nior busi­ness jour­nal­ist, Elec­tron­ics Bazaar, Vishal Goyal, se­nior man­ager - tech­ni­cal mar­ket­ing, ana­logue and MEMS group, RF, sen­sors and ana­logue cus­tom prod­ucts, In­dia, ASEAN and ANZ - STMi­cro­elec­tron­ics, shares his views on the cur­rent MEMS mar­ket. EB: What is the cur­rent MEMS (mi­cro elec­tro me­chan­i­cal sys­tems) mar­ket sce­nario and what are the changes that are ex­pected to oc­cur?

Ac­cord­ing to Gart­ner, MEMS based smart sen­sors are set to gain max­i­mum trac­tion in the world­wide smart sen­sor mar­ket, which is fore­cast to grow to US$ 57.77 bil­lion by 2022 at 18.1 per cent CAGR. The mar­ket is driven by many fac­tors in­clud­ing the ris­ing need for en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient de­vices, the grow­ing con­sumer elec­tron­ics sec­tor, the surge in the global au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, favourable gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives, and the grow­ing trend of minia­tur­i­sa­tion in sen­sors, even though there are con­cerns re­lat­ing to se­cu­rity and sur­veil­lance.

MEMS in In­dia is at its start­ing point and is a key pil­lar for IoT ap­pli­ca­tions. MEMS sen­sors like ac­celerom­e­ters and gy­ro­scopes, as well as hu­mid­ity and tem­per­a­ture sen­sors, are widely used in IoT ap­pli­ca­tions. A few use cases in­clude home au­to­ma­tion, smart ci­ties and smart in­dus­try.

EB: The IoT is a vast con­cept and cov­ers a lot of seg­ments. Which seg­ments are you fo­cused on?

Our IoT strate­gic fo­cus ad­dresses smart in­dus­try, smart homes, smart ci­ties and smart things. Smart in­dus­try can bring about safer and more ef­fi­cient man­u­fac­tur­ing. The phi­los­o­phy of the smart city is to share re­sources bet­ter. The smart home will im­prove our qual­ity of life and our se­cu­rity. Smart things can re­sult in in­no­va­tive cost-sav­ing so­lu­tions for health­care.

EB: What is your view on the In­dian MEMS in­dus­try’s growth?

STMi­cro­elec­tron­ics has part­nered with many In­dian com­pa­nies and has been work­ing with some of them for two years. Their prod­ucts are now be­ing sold in Europe and USA.

Glob­ally, STMi­cro­elec­tron­ics has huge ex­pe­ri­ence in the pro­mo­tion of MEMS prod­ucts and we also have had great suc­cess in em­bed­ded sys­tems. We have cre­ated a kit, de­vel­op­ment tools and soft­ware that help to de­velop em­bed­ded sys­tems with MEMS and the full port­fo­lio of ST prod­ucts.

In In­dia, the growth in the de­mand for con­sumer elec­tronic prod­ucts, and the use of sen­sors in the au­to­mo­tive and med­i­cal seg­ments, will en­sure sta­ble growth and the con­tin­u­ing ex­pan­sion of the MEMS sen­sors mar­ket.

EB: Can you share some de­tails about the role ST plays in the global mar­ket for MEMS?

ST is a leader in the in­no­va­tion, pro­duc­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion of sen­sors. The com­pany has shipped 12 bil­lion MEMS sen­sors, to date. This achieve­ment re­con­firms ST’s po­si­tion as the clear leader in MEMS de­vices. ST is the only com­pany to of­fer the full range of sen­sors and mi­cro ac­tu­a­tors.

EB: How is ST grow­ing in In­dia?

In­dia is a land of op­por­tu­ni­ties and is emerg­ing as a man­u­fac­tur­ing hub. Our global cus­tomers are set­ting up de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia. This has opened up good op­por­tu­ni­ties for MEMS and sen­sors in In­dia. We are see­ing a lot of in­ter­est in MEMS, sen­sors and RF amongst the com­pa­nies here.

We aim to de­velop new prod­ucts out of our ex­ist­ing fam­ily of prod­ucts, and we have in­vested heav­ily to con­sol­i­date our lead­er­ship po­si­tion in this mar­ket. We are work­ing in the au­to­mo­tive, in­dus­trial and IoT seg­ments to ex­pand and de­velop the MEMS mar­ket in In­dia.


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