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MEMS devices head for double-digit upturn in 2014

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? sensors? optoelectronics?

After two years of crippled market growth, optoelectronics, sensors, actuators, and discrete devices segments are back on their feet with an eight per cent revenue increase this year, as IC Insights reported.

The products that are expected to record the strongest growth include accelerometers, gyrometers, actuators, and magnetometers, all bouncing back from market declines in 2013 to post double-digit percentage increase in 2014. (See also MEMS microphones post strong revenue growth.)

The 2013 weakness was due to a mix of economic uncertainty and inventory corrections but all three market segments will gain strength over the next several years as the global economy improves and unit demand bounces back, the IC Insights said.

In 2013 the three marketsdenoted O, S, and Dwere limited to just a percentage of growth, lower than the overall semiconductor market of 4.7 per cent Nonetheless this took them to $58.6 billion in 2013, surpassing the previous peak of $58.2 billion in 2012.

OSD Bulletin 1

IC Insights expects total O-S-D revenues to show a more normal eight per cent growth rate in 2014, to reach $63.5 billion this year. Optoelectronics is forecast to grow about nine per cent to $31.6 billion, sensors/actuators climbing nearly 14 per cent to $9.9 billion, and discretes will recover from a two-year decline, increasing six per cent to $22 billion.

Growth should continue through 2017 when the IC Insights expects the next economic slump. The markets should show a CAGR of 6.4 per cent over the period 2013 to 2018.

Despite weaker growth, combined O-S-D sales accounted for 18 per cent of the semiconductor industry's total sales of $325.1 billion in 2013 compared to market shares of 16 per cent in 2003 and 14.6 per cent in 1993. And over the next five years O-S-D's market share will grow to nearly 20 per cent of the projected $440.5 billion total semiconductor sales in 2018.

Meanwhile, total sensors sales were up by just three per cent in 2013 with acceleration/yaw sensors falling two per centthe first decline for this product category in eight yearsand a one per cent drop in magnetic-field sensors. Actuators sales also fell four per cent in 2013. In discretes, power transistors continued to struggle in 2013 with sales dropping six per cent after an eight per cent decline in 2012. It was the first back-to-back annual sales decline for power transistors in more than 30 years.

OSD Bulletin 2

The strongest growth drivers in O-S-D during the next five years are expected to be: high-brightness LEDs for solid-state lighting; laser transmitters for faster optical networks; MEMS-based accelerometers, gyroscopes, and pressure sensors for highly adaptive embedded control and location-aware cell phones and other portable systems; CMOS imaging devices for machine vision, medical systems, and new human-recognition interfaces; and power transistors for hybrid and electric vehicles, energy-saving electronics, and more efficient battery management solutions.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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