According to iSuppli, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) are making major inroads in the consumer- and mobile-electronics worlds. As a result, shipments of MEMS for consumer and mobile electronics is expected to grow from $1.1 billion (2006) to $2.6 billion (2012). STMicroelectronics ranked first in the global consumer/mobile MEMS market in 2008. Texas Instruments, which was first, now ranks second. In 2008, STMicroelectronics more than doubled its revenue from accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors for consumer and mobile applications, exceeding $200 million in 2008. Other MEMS suppliers include Epson Toyocom, which experienced an 75% increase in MEMS sales due to its new-generation gyroscope for gaming and navigation applications. Bosch Sensortec’s revenue exploded by 167.3% in 2008, driven by strong sales in mobile handsets. Kionix, whose sales grew by 29.9% in 2008, has now expanded to 120 employees. Finally, start-up Invensense only began shipping its MEMS products in 2007 and already exceeded $40 million in revenue in 2008.
Consumer Electronics Devices
Shipment revenue for MEMS in consumer electronics devices will increase to $1.1 billion in 2012, up from $699.9 million in 2006. Products in this segment consist of game controllers, digital still cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, personal navigation devices, remote controllers, rear-projection televisions, mini stand alone projectors, sports equipment, white goods, toys, headsets, and USB sticks.
iSuppli predicts mobile handsets will remain the market’s main driver until 2012, not only for accelerometers but also for other devices like Radio Frequency (RF) MEMS filters, actuators for zoom and autofocus, radio frequency MEMS switches, pressure sensors, gyroscopes, and pico projectors. Global revenue from shipments of all types of MEMS for mobile handsets and smart phones will increase to $1.3 billion by the end of 2012, rising at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 34.4% from $296.8 million in 2007.
Looking at another type of popular product, notebook PCs, MEMS accelerometers are increasingly being employed to detect freefall and quickly park the heads of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to protect it from damage. Until this year, such systems mainly were used in professional notebooks. However, the system is being employed in consumer systems starting in 2009. iSuppli predicts the market for notebook PC MEMS — also including microphones and pressure sensors — will rise to $185.9 million in 2012, up from $37.6 million in 2006.
More information: iSuppli Corporation