Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) have already revolutionized the consumer market -- from smartphones to tablets -- all of which use multiple MEMS chips to sense orientation, motion, heading, and more. In the coming year, MEMS chips are poised to expand their reach into every electronics segment, from automotive to environmental to medical.
This year the total market for MEMS chips will reach $9 billion, according to director and senior analyst for MEMS and sensors, Jeremie Bouchard in IHS iSuppli's "MEMS Market Tracker," which predicts that the market will grow to over $12 billion by 2016.
And the long term looks even brighter, according to Fairchild Semiconductor visionary Janusz Bryzek who spoke recently at the "Shaping the Future of MEMS and Sensors" conference hosted by STMicroelectronics. There he predicting that the MEMS market is growing at a rate that outpaces the semiconductor market, reaching the trillion unit mark by 2023.
The market for MEMS chips (green) is growing slightly faster than the semiconductor market (blue) and will reach the trillion unit mark circa 2023.
(Source: Janusz Bryzek, Fairchild Semiconductor)
Here EE Times has rounded up 12 of the most significant MEMS announcements of the past year and predicted how they will change the world of electronics in 2014 and beyond.