SAN JOSE, Calif. The MEMS-based microphone and speaker markets are taking off due to growth in consumer electronics products, according to The Information Network (New Tripoli, Penn.).
The market is set to reach 5 percent of the nearly 2 billion microphones sold worldwide in 2005 and is projected to grow to 15 percent of the nearly 3 billion microphones sold in 2008 a compounded growth rate of 240 percent, according to the research firm.
A similar growth rate in the speaker sector will propel the MEMs microspeaker market in 2008 with 500 million units shipped, the report said.
“Recent refinements in MEMS processing have resulted in the batch fabrication of low cost, high performance, miniaturized condenser microphones,” according to the report. “In certain applications, this device offers specific advantages over traditional ECMs. MEMS products utilize robust processes from the semiconductor industry to make a wide variety of electronic devices smaller, more reliable and cheaper to manufacture.”
Knowles Acoustics has emerged as the top worldwide provider of MEMS acoustic components with nearly 100 percent of the market, according to the report. In 2004 the company signed a deal an agreement with MEMSCAP to garner silicon microphone wafers.
In May, Knowles signed a definitive manufacturing and supply agreement for MEMS wafer services with Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp.