Global MEMS Sensors & Actuators Patenting Activity Report 2020 – Decipher the Recent Patenting Activities and Related R&D Developments of MEMS Players

DUBLIN, March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “MEMS Sensors & Actuators 2019 Patenting Activity” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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A stable IP landscape with new opportunities and increasing competition

MEMS sensors and actuators are key components in numerous applications. Indeed, electronic devices need to be more and more connected to the real world in order to provide better experiences to the customer. Sensing and interacting with the environment is therefore becoming critical, especially in the automotive, consumer and industrial markets. Indeed, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR and industry 4.0 require the use of numerous sensors to realize their dreams.

According to Yole Developpement, the market will exhibit +8.3% growth in value and +11.9% growth in units, with consumer still having the greatest share (over 60%) from 2019 to 2024.

This growth rate is below previous rates, however, and the automotive and consumer markets are levelling off. As growth slows down, competition between the different players is getting tougher and tougher, since the cake is not as big. On the M&A front, MEMS-related acquisitions declined during the last year, reflecting the weaker, general semiconductor-related M&As and a consolidation of the business. Furthermore, there were no significant new entrants, and existing players struggled to compete against one another.

In this context, this MEMS Sensors & Actuators 2019 Patenting Activity report aims to decipher the recent patenting activities and related R&D developments of MEMS players. This report also tracks weak signals in order to find new applications or new R&D directions that are currently being investigated, as well as newcomers entering the landscape.

The patents published in 2019 confirm the slight decrease that we can see at market level. Indeed, even if the number of patents remains quite significant, most of the IP segments have remained stable. This is the case for inertial sensors, micro mirrors or pressure sensors. However, despite this general trend, some recent developments of MEMS for new applications seem promising. For instance, patents in 2019 confirm the strong activity related to piezoelectric MEMS dedicated to automotive (headlamp, head-up display, etc.) or consumer applications (fingerprint sensors, voice machine interface).

2019 is also marked by the strong patenting activity of Chinese players. Indeed, Chinese players filed over 60% of the patents published in 2019 and even led most of the MEMS devices. This strong activity could be a sign of the significant investments that Chinese companies have made to boost their competitiveness and challenge major European and US companies.

Who are the main IP players and what are their 2019 patenting activities?

This report provides a detailed picture of the patents published in 2019 for MEMS sensors and actuators, including inertial sensors (accelero, gyro, IMUs), microphones, microspeakers, ultrasonic sensors, pressure sensors, micromirrors, microbolometers, gas sensors, etc.

We have selected and analyzed over 3,000 inventions specifically related to MEMS transducers, MEMS devices and MEMS packaging. All other patents related to materials, wafer manufacturing, driver circuits and systems have been excluded. The report provides an overview of the most recent patents published in 2019 by MEMS players for each MEMS technology and device. For each player, we highlight and provide information about their recent and future technology developments. A comparison between their 2019 market position and their 2019 patenting activity is also provided.

Analysis of main technology developments

This report provides a detailed analysis of the technologies developed by the main IP players. A detailed description of the most noticeable patents published in 2019 is also provided. The publisher highlights any change in the players’ activities as well as an analysis of new applications/technologies and their related challenges, thus giving an understanding of the current main IP drivers and potential future markets.

Report’s main assets

  • Understanding the key players’ recent IP and current technology development
  • There are more than 1,000 patent applicants involved in the MEMS 2019 patent landscape. This report reveals the most active IP players for all types of MEMS devices. A detailed analysis of their 2019 patents and their related challenges and applications is provided.
  • Identifying the opportunities
  • This report gives an overview of the current dynamics and technologies. Opportunities and inventions linked to new applications are analyzed. It also provides a detailed analysis of the technology described in the patents. For each segment we identify the new technological approach for the different targeted markets.
  • Useful Excel patent database
  • This report also includes an Excel database of the 4,350 patents and patent applications analyzed in this study. This useful patent database allows for multi-criteria searches and includes patent publication numbers, hyperlinks to the original documents, priority date, title, abstract, patent assignees, patent’s current legal status, and technological and application segments.

Report’s Key Features

  • PDF with > 80 slides
  • Excel file > 4,350 patents
  • Overview of the most recent patents published in 2019 by MEMS players.
  • Main patent applicants.
  • Main MEMS technologies and devices analyzed:
  • Inertial sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, IMUs)
  • Microphones
  • Microspeakers
  • Ultrasonic sensors
  • Gas sensors
  • Pressure sensors
  • Micromirrors
  • MEMS Packaging
  • IP dynamics and trends of the different MEMS devices.
  • Comparison of recent IP and market activities.
  • Noticeable 2019 patents from main players.
  • Excel database containing all patents analyzed in the report, including technology and application segmentation.

Key Topics Covered:

1. INTRODUCTION

  • MEMS Industry in 2019
  • 2019 MEMS market players ranking
  • MEMS sensors included in the report
  • Scope of the report
  • Key features of the report

2. METHODOLOGY

  • Methodology for patent search and selection
  • Terminology for patent analysis

3. 2019 PATENTING ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

  • Main patent assignees
  • Geographic map of patent filings
  • Main MEMS devices
  • Main IP players per MEMS devices
  • IP dynamics and trends
  • 2019 patenting activity vs. Market growth

4. INERTIAL SENSORS

  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • Summary of 2019 patenting activity
  • 2019 patenting activity of main players: Seiko Epson, BPiezoelectric inertial sensors: Murata, Kyocera, TDK
  • Chinese IP players

5. ACOUSTIC SENSORS

  • Summary of 2019 patenting activity for Microphones, Microspeakers and Ultrasonic transducers
  • For each acoustic sensors:
  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • 2019 patenting activity of main players: Goertek, AAC, Infineon, Usound, STMicroelectronics, Xinwei Acoustics Technology, Aofei Acoustics Technology, OFILM, BOE, LG, InvenSense, etc.

6. GAS SENSORS

  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • 2019 patenting activity of main players: Microjet, Infineon, Bosch

7. PRESSURE SENSORS

  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • 2019 patenting activity of main players: Bosch, Infineon, Goertek

8. MICROMIRRORS

  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • 2019 patenting activity of main players: Hamamatsu Photonics, Bosch Mitsumi, Stanley

9. MEMS PACKAGING

  • Scope of the segment
  • Main IP players of 2019
  • 2019 main IP players per MEMS devices
  • Wafer level package
  • MEMS and ASIC in a single package

10. CONCLUSION

Companies Mentioned

  • AAC Technologies
  • Analog Devices
  • Aofei Acoustic Technology
  • Apple
  • Beijing University of Technology
  • Bosch
  • Cea
  • Denso
  • Goertek
  • Hamamatsu Photonics
  • Hewlett Packard Development
  • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Invensense
  • Knowles Electronics
  • Kyocera
  • Memsensing Microsystems
  • Micriojet Technology
  • Mitsumi Electric
  • Murata Manufacturing
  • Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications
  • Nanjing University of Science & Technology
  • North University of China
  • Northwestern University
  • SMIC
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Seiko Epson
  • Senodia Technologies
  • Shanghai Institute of Microsystem & Information Technology Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Silan
  • Southeast University Nanjing
  • Stanley Electric
  • TDK
  • TSMC
  • Texas Instruments
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Electronic Science & Technology of China
  • Wuhan University
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • ZillTek Technology

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