Suppliers of MEMS based devices rode a safety sensing wave in 2014 to reach record turnover in automotive applications. Mandated safety systems such as Electronic Stability Control and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems—which attained full fitment in major automotive markets last year—are currently driving revenues for MEMS sensors. Those players with strong positions in gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors needed in these systems grew apace, while those companies in established areas like highg accelerometers for frontal airbags and pressure sensors for side airbags also did well.
Major suppliers of primarily pressure sensors to engines similarly blossomed—for staple functions like manifold absolute air intake and altitude sensing—but also for fast growing applications such as vacuum brake boosting, gasoline direct injection and fuel system vapor pressure sensing.
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