While the mainstay applications of the MEMS segment continue to be strong performers, 2016 saw a big push toward lots of new and potentially high-volume MEMS devices. This presents many exciting opportunities, but the challenges are plenty.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to drive demand and innovation in the semiconductor market over the next decade. While some consumer IoT applications will require semiconductors manufactured using cutting-edge technologies to deliver fast performance and low power consumption, the vast majority of chips for IoT applications will be utilized in client-side applications. These chips, such as a sensor monitoring room temperature in a connected HVAC system, require processing capabilities that can be met using legacy process (90 and 45nm) technologies manufactured on 200mm wafers.
And herein lies the opportunity and challenge for legacy manufacturing.
SEMICON/SOLARCON Russia, the largest annual gathering of Russian companies that supply equipment used to make semiconductors and photovoltaic solar modules, takes place this year in Moscow on May 31 to June 2. Applied Materials, the world’s largest equipment supplier to both markets, will exhibit independently for the first time — an indication of the company’s commitment to the Russian microelectronics industry and the growing strength of semiconductor and solar industries in Russia.