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Yole: MEMS to rebound by 2011

Posted: 03 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? gyroscope? oscillator? accelerometer?

The MEMS market has been flat since 2007, from $7.1 billion in 2007, to $6.8 billion in 2008 to an estimated $6.9 billion in 2009 but Yole D�veloppement expects a restart of the net growth after 2010.

In its latest report, entitled "Status of the MEMS Industry 2009," Yole said it predicts a 12 percent CAGR for the period 2010-2014. The production equipment market has been extremely low at $140 million in 2008, 2009 and will remain so in 2010. Yole, however, anticipates a rebound in 2011.

All in all, the MEMS landscape has changed due to the financial collapse and the economic recession. While established applications struggled, novel ways of packaging and integrating MEMS devices in systems emerged, Yole said, specifying that two-axis gyroscopes, MEMS IMU and MEMS oscillator have been growing fast.

Yole specified that today's production infrastructure is sufficient to absorb the growth for the next two years, and the MEMS production equipment market will not significantly restart until 2011.

Moreover, the MEMS foundry reported a 6 percent growth in 2008 and 2009. Yole said it predicts a restart in 2010 with a 25 percent.

A closer look at MEMS foundries shows that they are coming out of the economic downturn in a strong position. Indeed, Yole indicated that more system manufacturers have decided to stop internal MEMS manufacturing and are now working with MEMS foundries. Such growth is attracting new players such as TSMC and UMC.

Yole said it has observed that companies such as Delphi, Continental, Colibrys, Systron Donner Automotive ceased or reduced their MEMS production while players such as InvenSense, Kionix, STMicroelectronics, SiTime experienced tremendous growth.

Talking more precisely about STMicroelectronics, during the third quarter of 2009, the European chipmaker said it gained a design-in for its leading-edge gyroscopes with a top-tier game console maker, design wins for its motion-sensing accelerometers in TV and STB remote controls, and also for a tablet PC application.

Also in MEMS, ST introduced the MotionBee platform, which combines accelerometer-based motion sensing with Zigbee wireless technology in a single ultracompact module. MotionBee enables the cost-effective building of wireless sensor networks for remote motion recognition and tracking applications.

Looking ahead, Carlo Bozotti, CEO of ST declared at a press and analysts' conference: "In MEMS, we have tremendous opportunities for growth as we have new families of gyroscopes and active microphones targeting a wider base of customers and very high volume applications."

- Anne-Francoise Pele
EE Times

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