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Presentation Hall B1 SEMICON EUROPA > TechARENA 1 & 2 - Technological Platform for Innovation > MEMS along the Value Chain
14:05-14:25 h | Hall B1 Tech Arena 1, Booth B1.175
Subjects: SEMICON EUROPA
Sensors are found in a wide range of applications and industry sectors and the market is as a result in good health overall. While consumer sensors are adopted rapidly and wax and wane rather more quickly as markets, new sensing applications quickly emerge to keep MEMS sensor suppliers busy. While smartphones still represent a huge market, commoditization has left it saturated in value terms, but growth has recently moved to other accessories like smart watches or wireless earbuds from leading suppliers like Apple. Such devices are becoming very smart, involving multiple accelerometers and silicon microphones per set, and potential further functionality on the way in the form of heart rate, even oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. Talking of pressure, this sensor was recently adopted in e-cigarettes for puff detection. Other mainstays like automotive and industry, on the other hand, are subject to longer-term trends like electrification and robotization of the car, as well as Industry 4.0, big data and condition monitoring. Meanwhile, autonomous cars or taxis are not the only markets to watch: automation of many functions is taking place, e.g. in smart cities, smart building such as warehouses and logistics operations, in logistics and package tracking, in drones for surveying and mapping. Agriculture is also benefiting from sensors, drones are used for crop spraying, for example, and other sensors are used to monitor other key metrics like acidity, etc. Robotics and automation implies many sensing devices including position, motion and pressure sensors. This presentation looks at the impact of these major market changes on MEMS and other silicon sensors.
Mr. Noman Akhtar, a research analyst at IHS Markit, focuses on the Industrial market dynamics on semiconductors and sensor. Noman shares his expertise with the IHS Markit semiconductor team and leverages his deep understanding of the impact on industrial sensors and semiconductors along with analyzing its supply chain.He has deep technical knowledge in electronic component especially power electronics component in industrial semiconductor applications such as in factory automation, lighting, security, energy, medical, power and energy, military and aerospace segments systems. He manages the data quality of IHS Markit semiconductor and sensors market share databases and its timely delivery to clients. His responsibilities also include the synthesis of worldwide economic trends to help generate accurate market forecasts. Prior to this, Noman Akhtar led IHS Markit smart city intelligence service and had developed a broad understanding of smart cities project, related technologies, and regional business strategies. He also has a strong understanding of smart home appliances, robots and their semiconductor BOM within the consumer electronics segment. Noman joined IHS Markit in May 2014. Noman holds a Master of Science in Power Engineering specializing in power electronics in smart industry, smart home and smart grid electronics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan. He is based in Munich, Germany.