According to a report by SEMI and Yole Developpement, the market for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) totaled $40 billion in 2006, and is expected to reach $72 billion by 2011. The MEMS market includes products like as automobile airbag systems, display systems, and inkjet cartridges.
The MEMS devices at the heart of these systems totaled $5.9 billion in 2006, and are projected to grow to $10.8 billion by 2011, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%, fueled by increasing use in consumer electronics. MEMS devices are defined as die-level components of first-level packaging, and include pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, digital mirror displays, micro fluidic devices, etc.
|Markets||2006||2011||Compound Annual Growth Rate|
|MEMS Materials||$433 million||$806 million||13%|
|MEMS Equipment||$646 million||$999 million||9%|
|MEMS Devices||$5.9 billion||$10.8 billion||13%|
|MEMS Systems||$40 billion||$72 billion||12%|
The materials and equipment used to manufacture MEMS devices topped $1 billion in 2006, with MEMS materials forecasted to grow at CAGR of 13%, while MEMS equipment is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 9% through 2011. Materials demand is driven by substrates, making up over 70% of the market, packaging coatings and increasing use of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP). While MEMS manufacturing continues to be dominated by used semiconductor equipment, there is a migration to 200 mm lines and select new tools, including etch and bonding for certain MEMS applications.