Device Drivers a Major Hurdle to Growth of MEMS Sensors in Cell Phones
"At this point, it appears that handset manufacturers are still not convinced that MEMS sensors are worth spending the money necessary to create the device drivers needed, mostly because there's uncertainty about whether consumers will like MEMS-enabled features enough to pay more for them," says Marlene Bourne, Principal Analyst with Bourne Research. "As a result, these manufactures currently expect a total solution, one which MEMS sensor suppliers are unable to provide, nor can they do so on their own. Partnerships will be required, but those have their own issues."
“At this point, it appears that handset manufacturers are still not convinced that MEMS sensors are worth spending the money necessary to create the device drivers needed, mostly because there's uncertainty about whether consumers will like MEMS-enabled features enough to pay more for them”
Bourne Research reports that the need for device drivers provides an opportunity for those who specialize in embedded software development; however, partnerships with MEMS suppliers may be difficult to put into place -- for both start-ups and large semiconductor players alike. Given the potential system-wide impact of MEMS sensors, and the number of device drivers required to accommodate all of the possible functions, it's a tough challenge; and there's a lot at stake for MEMS suppliers -- integrating sensors into just ten percent of all mobile phones shipped annually would be a major coup for the industry. Bourne Research has identified two approaches that may very well be the best solution for all parties involved.
Issues affecting the integration of MEMS sensors into cell phones, and potential solutions, are one of many topics covered in The Bourne Report, a unique new series of market research reports from Bourne Research. The Bourne Report offers the most insightful business intelligence available on the emerging technology marketplace, with a focus on MEMS and Nanotechnology. To subscribe to The Bourne Report, or for more information about Bourne Research, please visit: http://www.bourneresearch.com or contact Marlene Bourne at 480-695-0521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Bourne Research
Bourne Research is a trusted source of market intelligence, with a specialized focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), Nanotechnology, and the convergence of both. Its founder, Marlene Bourne, is a highly respected industry analyst with more than a decade of experience following the development of emerging technologies, and is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on MEMS.