The microelectromechanical-systems market grew 9 percent last year, to $7 billion, with the top 30 MEMS makers logging a collective $5.6 billion in revenue and growing an average of 7 percent, according to market watcher Yole Développement (Paris). Nine companies tallied sales above $200 million.
Hewlett-Packard displaced Texas Instruments as the top-ranked MEMS supplier in 2007 on the strength of its printer sales, which use MEMS inkjet heads, Yole said.
Automotive applications continued to drive the MEMS market overall, but consumer products showed the fastest growth rate, with Analog Devices Inc. and STMicroelectronics each recording more than 20 percent growth, largely from accelerometer design wins in Nintendo's Wii (both ST and ADI) and Apple's iPhone (ST).
Knowles Acoustics, with its silicon microphone, and Avago Technologies, with its film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR), achieved the MEMS industry's fastest growth rates, each exceeding 35 percent.
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Texas Instruments was an exception to the upward trend, logging a sales decrease of more than 10 percent. According to Yole, the slide revealed the competitive strength of LCD and plasma displays against TI's digital light processor (DLP) technology.
Lexmark also recorded a decrease in sales, revealing the strong competition from HP, Seiko Epson and Canon in inkjet-based printers.
Konix, a manufacturer of inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyros), dropped off the top 30 list for 2007. FLIR Systems was added to the roster, thanks to strong sales for its MEMS bolometer.
Yole Développement also predicted that 2008 will be the first year that the No. 1 MEMS maker will top the $1 billion mark.