LONDON The market leader for silicon microphones and speakers, Knowles Acoustics (Itasca, Illinois), has a built up a 95 percent market share and will retain its lead position for at least the next three years, according to market research firm The Information Network.
This is despite a compound annual growth rate of 70.2 percent, which is expected to take the market for silicon microphones and speakers made using MEMS technology, from 100 million units in 2005 to 491 million units in 2008.
At 100 million units the 2005 market was 6.1 percent of the 1.6 billion microphones sold worldwide in 2005. It is set to rise to 18.9 percent of 2.6 billion units that The Information Network expects to ship in 2008. The market for compact silicon implemented versions is being driven by demand within consumer electronics products such as cellular phones, PDAs, MP3 recorders, and digital cameras.
More than 85 percent of the silicon MEMS microphone shipments in 2005 were for cell phones; the remainder being in consumer applications such as digital cameras, MP3 players, and PDAs.
Knowles Acoustics is the leading provider of MEMS acoustic components with more than a 95 percent market share, followed by SonionMicrotronic of Denmark. There were no other suppliers shipping product in 2005.
“We see no companies in the marketplace who will be able to make a dent in the market over the next three years,” said Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network, in a statement. “Knowles' early and significant success in marketing this product has created a lock on the market, minimizing the chance of market share gains by existing silicon microphone vendors and a growing number of Chinese manufacturers,” he added.
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