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HP dethrones TI as MEMS king in 2007

Posted: 05 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS market? automotive market? inkjet printer?

MEMS market grew 9 percent to $7 billion in 2007. (Click to view full image)

Market watcher Yole Dveloppement reported that MEMS market grew 9 percent to $7 billion in 2007, with the top 30 MEMS makers logging a collective $5.6 billion in revenue and growing an average of 7 percent.

Nine MEMS companies tallied sales above $200 million. Hewlett-Packard displaced Texas Instruments as the top-ranked MEMS supplier in 2007 on the strength of its printer sales, which use MEMS inkjet heads.

Automotive applications continued to drive the MEMS market overall, but consumer products showed the fastest growth rate, with Analog Devices Inc. and STMicroelectronics each recording more than 20 percent growth, largely from accelerometer design wins in Nintendo's Wii (both ST and ADI) and Apple's iPhone (ST).

Automotive applications continued to drive the MEMS market. (Click to view full image)

Knowles Acoustics, with its silicon microphone, and Avago Technologies, with its film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR), achieved the MEMS industry's fastest growth rates, each exceeding 35 percent.

TI was an exception to the upward trend, logging a sales decrease of more than 10 percent. According to Yole, the slide revealed the competitive strength of LCD and plasma displays against TI's digital light processor technology.

Lexmark also recorded a decrease in sales, revealing the strong competition from HP, Seiko Epson and Canon in inkjet-based printers.

Konix, a manufacturer of inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyros), dropped off the top 30 list for 2007, while FLIR Systems entered the roster, with strong sales for its MEMS bolometer.

Yole also predicted that 2008 will be the first year that the No. 1 MEMS maker will top the $1 billion mark.

- R. Colin Johnson
EE Times

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