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MEMS pressure sensor technologies : multiple ways to success

Press Release by System Plus Consulting & Yole Développement, June 2018

The MEMS pressure sensor market is still driven by automotive applications.
Established automotive applications increase MEMS pressure sensors adoption in the integrating systems, and also widespread their geographical adoption especially in China thanks to new automotive regulation.
Consumer is the second pressure sensor business with new consumer applications including wearables, electronic cigarette, drones… which are giving attractive perspectives to the devices’ manufacturers.
MEMS pressure sensor technologies are basically segmented into piezoresistive and capacitive categories. Both two technologies are not hugely different in terms of performance but capacitive is limited to absolute pressure applications. Today piezoresistive is leading the industry in terms of market share, and that will probably continue in the future despite growing adoption of capacitive technology in consumer application.



To complement Yole Développement (Yole) technology & market report, MEMS Pressure Sensor Market and Technologies 2018, System Plus Consulting, part of Yole Group of Companies, has conducted a unique comparative review of pressure sensors chips, modules and TPMS. Under this new MEMS Pressure Sensor Comparison 2018 report, the reverse engineering & costing company provides insights into the structures, technical choices, designs, processes, supply chain positions and costs of a selection of key MEMS pressure sensors. 7 consumer, 14 industrial and 13 automotive MEMS pressure sensor products from the leading suppliers are so deeply analyzed in System Plus Consulting’s study. Suppliers include All Sensors, Amphenol, APM, Bosch, Denso, First Sensor, Fuji Electric, Freescale/NXP, Honeywell, Infineon, Melexis, Merit SensorSystems, Mitsubishi Electric, Nagano Keiki, Sensata, Sensirion, SMI and STMicroelectronics. The MEMS pressure sensors comparison from System Plus Consulting points out the diversity of devices and related technologies, which are a characteristic of this industry. All manufacturing process flows and cost reviews are detailed in this report to highlight the technical choices made by each player, according to the market segments.



“In this new analysis, we identified lot of different manufacturing processes”, comments Audrey Lahrach, Cost Engineer at System Plus Consulting. “Indeed MEMS pressure devices’ packaging and pressure range differ widely according to application.”


System Plus Consulting’s report includes multiple comparisons based on physical analyses of 34 MEMS pressure sensor components. It offers buyers and device manufacturers the unique possibility of understanding MEMS pressure sensor technology evolution, and comparing product costs.

“The System Plus Consulting’s report is very powerful tool to have a precise idea of the device cost and therefore the company margins. It enables also to understand technologies used for the MEMS sensor, but also for the ASIC, the packaging and even the integration into the module. This report is the perfect combination with our market report” comments Yann de Charentenay, Senior Market Analyst.

Analysts compare the devices that use piezoresistive or capacitive technology, manufactured with bulk micromachining or surface micromachining processes, first level packaging or module packaging, monolithic or multi-chip structures. The team looks at their package dimensions and internal structures, MEMS and ASIC dies, die dimensions and package cross-sections, to provide a comprehensive review of MEMS pressure sensors. A detailed description of System Plus Consulting report is available: Here.

System Plus Consulting and Yole’s team will attend a selection of valuable MEMS & Sensors conferences during the next few months. Save the following dates in your agenda right now!


  • Sensors Expo & Conference (June 26-28, San Jose, USA) with two presentations:
    “The perceptual era of IoT has begun, mobile phones first” on June 27 at 10:00 AM – Speaker: Guillaume Girardin, Photonics, Sensing and Display Head of Division at Yole Développement.
    “Autonomous Vehicle Sensors and Sensor Fusion” on June 26 within the Automotive Workshop – Speaker: Dr. Yohann Tschudi, Software & Market Analyst & Guillaume Girardin, Photonics, Sensing and Display Head of Division at Yole Développement
  • MEMS Manufacturing (August 1-2, 2018) powered by MEMS Journal’s team: System Plus Consulting’s CTO, Romain Fraux proposes a presentation titled “MEMS Manufacturing Processes and Packaging: Have the Limits Been Reached?”
  • 3rd European MEMS & Sensors Summit powered by SEMI (September 19-21, Grenoble, France):
    “Megatrends Impacts on the MEMS Business” on September 20 – Speaker: Dr. Eric Mounier, Senior Analyst – Photonics, Sensing & Displays Division, Yole Development.
    As well as a presentation proposed by Pierre Cambou, Principal Analyst, Technology & Market, Imaging at Yole.

For more information, please contact Julie Robert (



Structure and costing comparison of 34 MEMS pressure sensors from 18 different manufacturers in consumer, automotive and industrial applications. – Produced by System Plus Consulting, part of Yole Group of Companies.
This report includes a complete teardown with package views and dimensions – package cross-sections – precise measurements – die descriptions – technology descriptions – cost analysis & comparisons.

Companies cites in the report:
All Sensors, Amphenol, APM, Bosch, Denso, First Sensor, Fuji Denki, Fuji electric, Honeywell, Infineon, InvenSense, Nagano Keiki, Merit Sensor Systems, Mitsubishi, Sensirion, Sensata, SMI and STMicroelectronics.

MEMS Pressure Sensor Comparison

Authors of the report:

  • Audrey Lahrach is in charge of costing analyses for ICs, LCD and OLED displays and sensor devices. She holds a master’s degree in microelectronics from the University of Nantes.
  • Sylvain Hallereau is in charge of costing analyses for IC, power and MEMS. He has more than 10 years of experience in power device manufacturing cost analysis and has studied a wide range of technologies.


Automotive and consumer applications are propelling the MEMS pressure sensor business to new heights. – Produced by Yole Développement part of Yole Group of Companies.
Companies cites in the report: Alps, Amphenol, Bosch, CFSensor, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Elmos SMI, First Sensor, GE Druck, Honeywell, Infineon, Invensense, Keller, Kistler, Kulite, Meggit, Melexis, Memscap, MEMSensing Microsystems, Merit, MT microsystem, Murata, Murata, Nano-MEMS, NXP, Omron, Panasonic, Rohm, Schraeder, Sensata, Sensirion, ShuangQiao Sensor, ST Microelectronics, TDK, TE Connectivity, Thales, Xfab… Full list

Author of the report:
Yann de Charentenay works as a Technology & Market Analyst for Yole Développement (Yole). As part of the MEMS & Sensors Business Unit, Yann is strongly involved in technology & market analysis of applications of disruptive technologies and components such as memory, MEMS and sensors. Yann contributes to the development of Yole’s activities daily, with a dedicated collection of market and technology reports as well as custom consulting projects.
Prior to joining Yole, Yann was engaged as a marketing engineer at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), France, as well as a consultant at Algoe, also in France. He has spoken at numerous international conferences and has authored or co-authored numerous press articles. Yann graduated from the University of Compiegne in France, with a master’s degree in innovation management. He also graduated from INP Phelma in Grenoble, France, with a master’s degree in materials science.




About System Plus Consulting

System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems. Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product. System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:
Integrated Circuits – Power Devices & Modules – MEMS & Sensors – Photonics – LED – Imaging – Display – Packaging – Electronic Boards & Systems.
Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors. System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.
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