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Driving It Farther: Good news for semi auto sector

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Today's official U.S. federal government announcement  hastening the higher fuel efficiency standards plus reduced tailpipe emissions for automobiles is good news for the semiconductor industry.  There are many pros and cons to today's news, but what's not up for grabs is the welcomed trickle-down effect for semiconductors and the broader electronics industry. 

While raising fuel efficiency standards to an industry average of 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg) will pose challenges for the automotive industry, it's just the type of problem that our industry can help solve and it will drive growth in a sagging auto electronics market right now.

There's a nice synergy found in coupling today's news with the U.S. Recovery Act's (ARRA) funding behind hybrid and electric vehicles, plus the existing legislation on the books in the U.S. and EU for increased safety standards that will significantly raise the number of electronic sensors, particularly MEMS,  and other electronic components to meet the new 2012 and 2014 legislation deadlines, respectively.  It looks like the automotive market drivers are getting back on track, especially for the growing MEMS sector.


Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D.
Written on Tuesday, 19 May 2009 00:00 by Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D.

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