iPhone 4 Powers MEMS Revenue, 18.3% in 2010

Thanks to the iPhone 4, global demand for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in cell phones will rise sharply. 2010 revenue rose by 18.3% compared to 2009. According to IHS iSuppli, growth will decelerate in 2011, but revenue still will increase to 9.5%, which is higher than the 5.1% expansion of the overall semiconductor industry. The MEMS market will see double-digit growth from 2012 through 2014. Revenue will increase to $10.81 billion in 2014, up from $5.97 billion in 2009. Cell phones will generate the strongest demand growth during the coming years, with MEMS revenue to the segment rising to $3.73 billion in 2014, nearly triple from $1.30 billion in 2009.

Global MEMS Market Revenue Forecast (Millions of U.S. Dollars)
(Source: IHS iSuppli)

IHS iSuppli MEMS Research Highlights

  • 2010 MEMS revenue rose by 18.3% compared to 2009
  • 2011 revenue will increase to 9.5%
  • MEMS market revenue will grow to $10.81 billion in 2014, up from $5.97 billion in 2009
  • Cell phones will generate the strongest demand growth during the coming years
  • MEMS revenue to the cell phones segment will increase to $3.73 billion in 2014, nearly triple from $1.30 billion in 2009
  • Apple iPhone 4 was the first cell phone to use a MEMS gyroscope
  • Apple iPhone 4 was one of the first mobile handsets to use two MEMS microphones for noise suppression
  • Less than five cell phone models in 2010 included MEMS gyroscopes
  • Over 45 phones and tablets equipped with gyroscopes are expected in 2011
  • The problems experienced with the iPhone 4′s antenna highlighted the need for MEMS solutions for antenna tuning/matching
  • Tablets will be the second-largest application for MEMS in the consumer and mobile area in 2014
  • Demand for MEMS is soaring in the economically advancing BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China
  • In the automotive arena, MEMS sensor revenue for cars in China is set for explosive growth from 2009 to 2014
  • Digital light processing (DLP) devices in front projectors for education also are driving MEMS growth in China and India
  • The stimulus package provided by the Chinese government aimed at promoting fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) will stimulate demand for optical MEMS for fiber optical telecommunications

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