Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Market

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.

Global Markets and Forecasts for MEMS Systems, Devices, Materials and Equipment
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%
Source: Yole Developpement

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.

More info: Yole Developpement | SEMI