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Automotive, CE apps drive MEMS sales

Posted: 11 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CE apps? MEMS sales? automotive apps?

French research and strategy consulting company Yole Development has released two reports on inertial MEMS, which predict the market will grow by 13 percent over the period of 2006 to 2011.

Yole's reports, one on the inertial MEMS market for CE and the other on the high-performance inertial MEMS market, have identified key trends, including a stabilization of the automotive market due to an increased competition, a boom of consumer applications with 35 percent CAGR over the same period, thanks to the achievement of the below $2 price target, as well as a strong growth of industrial, medical and defense markets (from 9 to 18 percent CAGR).

Yole said the inertial MEMS market for CE applications is expanding. The gyroscopes and accelerometers market grew by 55 percent between 2005 and 2006, reaching $232 million. An average 35 percent CAGR for the period of 2006 to 2011 is expected.

Mathieu Potin, Yole analyst, remarked: "The market dynamic mainly comes from accelerometers: about 65 percent of the total inertial sales by 2011. Consumer applications will progressively take a 40 percent share of the total inertial MEMS activity by 2011, including automotive, medical, industrial, aeronautic and defense sectors."

Moving to the high-performance inertial MEMS market, Yole said various technology choices have been made. While silicon-based devices tend to have strong cost reduction potentials, quartz-based devices demonstrate "very promising performances" over large temperature range.

Yole added that inertial MEMS manufacturing strategies are stable today but will change in the future. Most players have internal fabs and half of new entrants are using external fabs.

According to Yole, top producing MEMS foundries are, in this order, IMT, Sony, APM, Micralyne, DALSA Semiconductor, ELMOS SMI, Memstech, Colibrys, Silex, Memscap and Tronics Microsystems.

- Anne-Francoise Pele
EE Times Europe

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