MEMS oscillators occupy 1% of timing market, but lure more makers

Feburary 22, 2012 — Micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) oscillators represent <1% of the total ($6.3 billion) timing market, but that hasn’t stopped new makers from entering the MEMS oscillator market. The potential growth in this sector attracted 9 vendors so far, with 2 more planning to start shipping later in 2012, and even more on their way, said research firm Semico.

MEMS oscillators are an alternative to the established quartz crystal oscillator technology, offering performance and reliability improvements, smaller form factor, lower cost, and lower power usage than quartz devices.

Also read: MEMS resonators vs. crystal oscillators for IC timing circuits

In "The Time Has Come For MEMS Oscillators," Semico Research examines the timing market by key applications and end-use markets. Semico reports that MEMS oscillator growth is driven by increased penetration into high-growth applications.

The report also looks at key players in MEMS oscillators, as well as potential future entrants.

Companies cited in the report: Abracon, Discera, Ecliptek, IDT, IQD, Micro Oscillator, NXP, Sand9, Seiko Epson, Silicon Labs, SiTime, TXC Corporation, VTI, Murata, STMicroelectronics, Bosch, Freescale and Microsemi.

For more information, contact Susan Cadel at [email protected] or 607-368-7600.    

Semico is a semiconductor marketing & consulting research company. Visit

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