SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market for consumer electronics products is projected to jump from $200 million in 2000 to more than $1.5 billion in 2005, according to a report released today by Cahners In-Stat Group here.
"MEMS have been used in specialized markets--primarily automotive and medical--for a number of years but are on the cusp of impacting the consumer electronics market in a big way," said Marlene Bourne, senior analyst for In-Stat of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Until now, MEMS have been best known for their use in automotive airbags, blood pressure sensors and ink jet printers, Bourne said. However, accelerometers, image sensors, mirrors, relays and other types of MEMS devices have reached a critical turning point, she said.
MEMS are now being integrated into a wide variety of consumerelectronics products ranging from camcorders and game controllers, to PDAs and DVDs. The most promising next generation MEMS devices are accelerometers in hard disk drives, micro-relays in cellular phones, and micromirrors in televisions.