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Who are the top MEMS manufacturers in 2014?

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? Apple? iPhone 5s? iPad?

Bosch reinforced its leadership in the MEMS industry in 2014 with a 16.6 per cent increase to $1167 million up from $1001 million in 2013. Bosch alone held 12 per cent of the very fragmented MEMS market in 2014 compared to 11 per cent in 2012.

Bosch took the leadership in 2013 thanks to the Apple iPhone 5s and iPad with its accelerometer. Apple boosted Bosch's MEMS revenue in 2014 again as Bosch is the sole supplier of the pressure sensors added to the iPhone 6 and 6+. Besides Apple, Bosch enjoyed a strong growth of its motion combo sensors with Sony both for gaming with the Sony PS4 and for handsets and tablets.

Bosch started going after the consumer MEMS market in 2005 when it created Bosch Sensortec. It added MEMS microphone to its portfolio with the acquisition of Akustica in 2009. Bosch's bet on consumer applications paid off as this segment now accounted for a third of Bosch's total MEMS revenue in 2014 compared to less than 18 per cent in 2012.

The legacy automotive business continues to dominate Bosch's MEMS revenue with 67 per cent in 2014. Bosch is the undisputed leader in automotive MEMS with 30 per cent market shares in 2014 and with revenue more than three times as high as the second largest automotive MEMS maker Denso.

Top 10 MEMS manufacturers in revenue

Texas Instrument enjoyed a rebound of its Digital Light Processing business in 2014 with an estimated $805 million up from $709 million in 2013. The business growth in 2014 was seen mostly in the main business line of DLP business projector segment using TI's Digital Micromirror Device (DMD). TI's DLP business had declined from 2010 to 2013 as EpsonTI's DLP's main competitor with its (non-MEMS) LCD technologywon shares in the projector business.

Also, the business projector market suffered in the past few years from the competition from low cost LCD flat panels being used as an alternative to projectors for many conference rooms, especially in Asia region. TI won back shares in the projection display market against Epson's LCD technology last year.

IHS Technology Q1 MEMS Table

ST Microlectronics' MEMS business suffered a 19 per cent decline in revenue from $777 million to $630 million. ST is still the no. 1 MEMS manufacturer for consumer and mobile applications with 15 per cent of this segment. The historical MEMS business of ST, i.e., motion sensors for consumer applications, has been hit as ST lost its spot in the latest iPhone for the accelerometer in 2013 and for the gyroscope in 2014 and as well as for the combo motion sensors in the Samsung Galaxy S5. In this game of musical chair ST mitigated the damage, however, by winning 100 per cent of the pressure sensor in the Galaxy S5.

ST has laid in 2014 the foundation for a rebound of its MEMS business in 2015. Especially ST's MEMS microphone is growing very fast thanks to the design win in the iPhone 6 in addition to ST's existing microphone sales into the iPad. ST's MEMS microphone shipment grew more than 2.5 times in 2014 and IHS expects the Apple design win to attract further customers.

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