In 2012, the IC industry saw a 2% decline, butYole Développement’s research reveals the MEMS sector managed another 10% growth to becomean $11B business. Analysts expect a 12-13% CAGRthrough 2018 to create a $22.5B MEMS market,growing to 23.5 billion units. We have identifi ed a number of changes as old MEMS products mature and new ones emerge. Cell phone demand drovestrong growth for MEMS devices. Inertial sensormaker InvenSense continued to prove the worthof its fabless model with a ~30% increase in sales.Triquint saw 27% growth as its BAW fi lters wonmore slots in smartphones. Yole Développement’sreport shows markets for inkjet heads and DLPshave matured, but we see huge growth on thehorizon for combination inertial sensors and forMEMS timing devices. Combination inertial sensorsare starting to see high volume adoption in bothconsumer and automotive markets, and will quicklyaccount for a signifi cant part of inertial sensor sales.
Yole Développement’s report identifi es newinnovative MEMS devices that continue toemerge. We expect to see a number of them startproduction, though not reach signifi cant volumesfor a few years. MEMS autofocus could come tomarket shortly. Big smartphone players are nowlooking at adding environmental sensors for heatand humidity, and MEMS devices could win thoseslots.
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Growth of Consumer Applications is Pushing New Strategies for MEMS Companies
Consumer is still the leading MEMS applicationwith increasing needs for sensory interface. YoleDéveloppement’s report ranks the top MEMSsuppliers. In 2012, for the fi rst time, the top two MEMSsuppliers on our annual Top 30 MEMS companiesranking are suppliers of inertial sensors, rather thanof inkjet heads or micro-mirror actuators that havelong dominated the sector. STMicroelectronics is thefi rst company to grow a $1billion MEMS business,surpassing Texas Instruments. The second sensorsupplier, Robert Bosch, has also pushed ahead ofTexas Instruments and Hewlett Packard for thefi rst time. The expanding demand for MEMS in bothsmartphones and automotive applications is creatinga rising group of players, that can expect to see solidsales in their future.
Yole Développement’s report shows how the results ofMEMS players top 30 and companies with the largestgrowth clarify just how much the smartphone marketis driving MEMS demand. AAC Technologies had strongsales of MEMS microphones that propelled them to 90%growth and $65 million in MEMS revenues, putting themin the Top 30 for the fi rst time. More microphones in morephones also helped propel sales to grow more than 20%at both Infi neon and Knowles.
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Yole Développement’s analysis shows that very fewMEMS players have more than one device in production.Only big manufacturers such as STMicroelectronicsor Robert Bosch have different devices in production.Although there are many MEMS devices that have beenin development for many years now (auto focus, microfuel cells …), Yole Développement’s analysis shows thatcrossing the gap from development to industrialization isstill challenging.
Consumer and mobile applications are the fastest growing areas for MEMS, having a strong impact on manydevelopments happening at the moment. The report shows that pressure sensors started to be produced in largevolumes for cell phone applications in 2012 and MEMS microphones are still growing, boosted by the integration ofmultiple microphones in smartphones. It is interesting to note the market for standalone accelerometers is decreasingas mobile devices increasingly use combo sensors. There is high demand for compact devices, partially offset by thegrowth of 6-axis e-compass for low-end smartphones. Adoption of 6-axis IMUs is now strong and 9-axis combosshould follow within a few years. This push from the consumer side drives MEMS players to adopt new strategies.
ASIC Players will also Benefit from the MEMS Market Boost
For the fi rst time in Yole Développement’s Statusof the MEMS Industry report, we also include asection dedicated to ASIC for MEMS and the MEMSmanufacturing evolution.
With an estimated market value of $3.3B, the ASIC MEMS market is important, subject to technicalchallenges as the coming of combos shifts the ASICneeds from standalone MEMS sensor die to integratedsystems where a sensor is an integral part of acomplete sensor solution. The ASIC design is sucha critical part of MEMS sensor with specifi c knowhowthat big MEMS companies sometimes prefer tooutsource this development.
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Objectives of the Report
- Discover a broad overview of all MEMS applications & markets
- Identify new markets
- Monitor and benchmark MEMS potential competitors
- Understand the potential for MEMS devices
- Know the latest financial trends analysis in the MEMS business
- Get a list of MEMS players and their activities
- Understand new MEMS technical challenges
- Understand the technical evolution of MEMS devices
- Identify possible business opportunities and prospects
- Evaluate benefits of using MEMS in systems
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Companies Cited in the Report
μem, AAC Technologies, Abbott, Acam, Advanced MicroSensors, Advanced Thin Films, AICHIMI, AKM, ALPS ELECTRIC, ANALOG DEVICES, APPLE, Asia Pacific Microsystems, ASMC, Autoliv,AutoPixel, Avago Technologies, Baxter, BD, Biocus Life Science, Bluechiip, BlueGnome, BMW,Boehringer Ingelheim microParts Gmbh, Boston Scientific, Broadcom, bruco, Btendo, CaliperLife Science, Canon, Cepheid, COLIBRYS, Consensic, Continental, CSMC, DelfMEMS, Delphi,DENSO, Digital Optics Corp, Discera, DNP, Domintech, DRS Technologies, ELA Medical, Endevco(Meggitt), EPCOS, Excelitas, First Sensor Technology, FLIR Systems, FormFactor, FreescaleSemiconductor, GE Healthcare, GE Sensing, GETTOP, Global Foundries, GoerTek, GSMC, GWIC,Hamamatsu, Handylab, HP, Hillcrest Labs, Hitachi, HMT, Honeywell, HOSIDEN, HTC, Huigin,iC-Haus, ICsense, Imagine Designs, IMT, Infineon Technologies, Insound Medical, Intersil, InvenSense,JDS Uniphase, KAIAM, Kionix, Kistler, KNOWLES ELECTRONICS , Kulite, L3 com, Lab 901, Lemoptix,LEXMARK, Life Technologies, Lilliputian Systems, Luxtera, Mμ Optics, MAGNITY, Magnotec, Maradin,MAS Oy, Maxim, mCube, Measurement Specialties Inc., Mediatek, Medtronic, Melexis, Memjet,MEMS Foundry Itzehoe GmbH, MEMSCAP, MEMSensing Technologies, MEMSIC, Micralyne, Micrel,Microfluidics International Corp., MicroLife, Micronics, MicroProbe, Microstrain, Microvision, MilwaukeeTools, MiraMEMS, Mirrorcle, Motorola, Movea, Murata, NetCrystal, NextInput, Nike, Nintendo, NipponSignal, Nokia, Olivetti SpA, OLYMPUS, OMRON, Oticon, Panasonic, Phonak, Pioneer, Pixtronix, poLight,Pyreos, Qualcomm, QMT, Quantalife, Raytheon, Respitronix, Robert Bosch GmbH, Roche, Samsung,Sand 9, Santec, SCD, SEIKO EPSON , Semefab, Senlution, Senodia Technologies, Sensata Technologies,Sensirion, Sensonor, SiTime, SigmaTech Inc, SiLabs, Silex Microsystems, Silicon Sensing Systems,Si-Ware Systems, SMIC, SONY, Sorin, St Jude Medical, STMicroelectronics, Supertex, SVTC, SystronDonner Inertial, Tamarack Scientific, Teledyne DALSA, Terumo, Tessera Technologies, Texas Instruments,The SmartPill Corporation, Touch Micro-System Tech, TowerJazz, TriQuint, Tronics Microsystems, TSMC,ULIS, UMC, UTC Aerospace Systems, VERATAG, Wavelens, Widex, WiSpry, Wolfson Microelectronics,Xfab, Xsens, Yamaha, Yongsheng, ZMDI
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