Confirming the consumerisation trend for microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), research company iSuppli Corp. has projected that global revenue from consumer and mobile electronics shipments of MEMS will rise to $2.6 billion in 2012, up from $1.1 billion in 2006.
MEMS devices are being integrated into a plethora of consumer electronics devices, including game controllers, digital still cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, personal navigation devices, remote controllers, rear-projection televisions, sports equipment, white goods, toys, headsets and USB sticks. Shipment revenue for MEMS in the consumer segment will increase to $1.1 billion in 2012, up from $699.9 million in 2006, says iSuppli.
Video-game console controllers will be the biggest growth driver " potentially increasing from $28.1 million in 2006 to be worth $240.6 million in revenues in 2012.
Noting the relatively small progress made by the MEMS market between the late 1990s until the end of 2006, Jrmie Bouchaud, director and principal analyst, MEMS, for iSuppli observes that MEMS now feature in 'two of the three major gaming consoles' and is causing this market to expand.
Mobile handsets are proving the MEMS industries' other big driver. "Penetration of accelerometers in new mobile phones rose to 10 percent in 2008, up from 3 percent in 2007," according to Bouchard. Mobile handsets, iSuppli predicts, will drive the integration of accelerometers RF MEMS filters, actuators for zoom and autofocus, radio frequency MEMS switches, pressure sensors, gyroscopes and pico projectors. Global revenue from shipments of all types of MEMS for mobile handsets and smart phones will increase to $1.3 billion by the end of 2012, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.4 percent from $296.8 million in 2007.
In both the global consumer and mobile MEMS markets, iSuppli says that STMicroelectronics lead the market in 2008, displacing Texas Instruments. In 2008 STMicroelectronics more than doubled its revenue from accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors for consumer and mobile applications, exceeding $200 million in 2008.
Other MEMS suppliers that iSuppli cites include Epson Toyocom, which experienced an 75 percent increase in MEMS sales due to a new gyroscope for gaming and navigation applications, whilst Bosch Sensortec benefited from strong MEMS sales for mobile handsets, with revenues jumping 167.3 percent in 2008.
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