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MEMS making their mark in consumer electronics

Posted: 19 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mems? consumer electronics? in-stat/mdr? optical mems? rf mems?

The revenues for MEMS in consumer electronics are forecasted to grow at 13.2 percent CAGR in 2003 to 2008, reports In-Stat/MDR. The firm believes that the continued reductions in price (at lower minimum quantities) and smaller form factors have been keys to the increased use of MEMS.

The devices that are leading the way are optical MEMS, RF MEMS and accelerometers, with pressure sensors, infrared sensors, gyros and microphones gaining ground says In-Stat/MDR. While key markets include video (led by home theater systems), wireless (namely cellphones), and home appliances of all kinds, ranging from house wares, such as robotic vacuum cleaners, to white goods, such as washing machines.

The market research firm notes that the most significant contributor of revenues is TI's DLP in home theater and digital TV receivers, followed by Agilent Technologies' FBAR duplexer in cellphones. In terms of unit shipments, the major contributor is Agilent's duplexer, followed closely by sensors as a whole. But both are seeing an increasingly aggressive rate of integration into CE products, so their contribution to unit shipments are expected to remain fairly balanced over the next few years, although microphone shipments could change that.

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