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CE, mobile MEMS revenue to reach $1.5B in 2010

Posted: 17 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? market report? sensors? actuators?

MEMS sensors and actuators will continue to grow in CE and mobile handsets in 2010 and beyond, according to iSuppli Corp. The analyst expects revenues to reach $1.5 billion in 2010, a 22.9 percent from $1.3 billion in 2009.

J�r�mie Bouchaud, principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at iSuppli, explains �Unlike most industries, the consumer and mobile MEMS market did not suffer a decline last year�even at the height of the global economic downturn�and growth ranging from 17 percent to as much as 28 percent will continue during the next four years."

MEMS sensors and actuators are used in a very wide range of applications, including data processing, printers, projectors, copy machines, automotive, industrial, medical, wired communications and even aerospace-defense segments.

But consumer and mobile applications are among the largest MEMS markets, and are expected to become the biggest MEMS space by 2014. MEMS sensors are forecast to be used in everyday devices such as laptops, MP3 players, remote controllers and portable navigation devices.

iSuppli says that MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes used for e-books and slate tablets will be worth $105 million in 2014, compared to only $3 million in 2009.

Emerging devices expected on the market in 2010 and 2011 will also drive market growth, including 3-axis gyroscopes, pico-projectors, and RF MEMS switches and varactors. The analyst estimates that these MEMS devices will bring an additional $1.3 billion by 2014, up from a mere $33 million in 2009.

But cellphones will stay as the biggest segment for consumer and mobile MEMS, with sensors and actuators in mobile handsets expected to reach $821.4 million in 2010, making up 53.1 percent of the market.

Accelerometers are the main MEMS device, netting revenues of $557.1 million in 2010. Even if their use in gaming controllers and cellphones has reached, or is about to reach, saturation, they will increase penetration in laptops, netbooks, e-books and slate tablets.

Other MEMS devices finishing strongly this year are gyroscopes, BAW filters, microphones and MEMS-based displays for projectors. And by 2014, MEMS displays will leap into third place, pushing microphones and BAW filters into the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

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