According to In-Stats, nearly all major categories of MEMS have seen, or may soon see, applications in consumer products. As a result, the worldwide MEMS market in consumer electronics will grow from $727 million (US) in 2006 to over $1 billion (US) by 2009. MEMS will expand to a broad array of consumer applications including game consoles, portable consumer electronics devices (such as digital camcorders), and GPS devices.
In-Stat believes MEMS memory, MEMS fuel cells, and other types of MEMS devices could also join the list in the longer term. Initially they are likely to find usage in other product areas that are less cost sensitive, with application in consumer electronics products unlikely until after 2010.
In-Stat found the following in their research study:
- At least two firms are introducing MEMS resonators and oscillators with the intention of taking a piece of the long established crystal market.
- Pressure sensors have the greatest potential in consumer electronics in the short-term, followed by microphones and displays.
- MEMS Microphones have been a recent success because of rapid adoption in the mobile handset market where their small size, ease of handling, and competitive price has resulted in double-digit market share.
In-Stats’ research, MEMS – Making a Move in the Consumer Electronics Market (#IN0703865SI), covers the market for several types of MEMS devices in a wide variety of consumer products. The report examines the growing opportunity for MEMS devices in consumer electronics to replace existing components like crystal oscillators and add new features. The report also looks at the companies demonstrating interest in the technology and anticipated adoption timelines by technology and application. It includes revenue and unit shipment forecasts for MEMS in consumer electronics products through 2010. It also provides extensive analysis of the drivers and barriers for MEMS in several consumer electronics categories. The price is $3,495 (US).