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“Safety systems are becoming more advanced and more complex, and each new system tends to contain more sensors than previous generations,” said Peter Cooney, practice director for ABI Research.
MEMS generally fall into three main categories-accelerometers, pressure sensors and gyroscopes. One technical trend is to integrate several sensors, or types of sensor, on a single chip. A related trend is to make a single MEMS do double or triple duty in the service of several safety systems.
“Sensor integration will have a negative effect on MEMS sensor market growth, which will also come under pressure from increasing market competition,” Cooney said.
However, more important than any of these is the single largest driver of the automotive MEMS and safety systems market: government mandates. When governments make safety systems mandatory, MEMS suppliers see a big benefit.
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