The Trouble With MEMS

By Mark Lapedus

The advent of the Internet of Things will open up a slew of new opportunities for MEMS-based sensors, but chipmakers are proceeding cautiously.

There are a number of reasons for that restraint. Microelectromechanical systems are difficult to design, manufacture and test, which initially fueled optimism in the MEMS ecosystem that this market would command the same kinds of premiums that analog designs have been able to maintain. MEMS chips are custom-designed for specific applications, and many are customized engineering marvels with micro-machined moving parts and advanced electronic controls.

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