Apple iPad and Android Tablets Driving MEMS Market

According to new IHS iSuppli research, tablets (like the Apple iPad and Android tablets) are expected to be the fastest-growing market for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) in the consumer electronics and mobile segment in 2011. Sales of MEMS for use in tablets will increased by 373% to $140.4 million in 2011 (compared to $29.7 million in 2010). By 2014, tablets will become the second-largest application for MEMS sensors with revenue of $280 million. Cell phones will still be primary driver of MEMS in the consumer and mobile segment.

Worldwide Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Revenue Forecast for Consumer Electronics and Mobile Devices

Consumer MEMS Research Highlights

  • MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes play a key role in tablets
  • MEMS are used for automatic screen rotation and tilt compensation for the compass, and for motion-based user interfaces
  • MEMS filters such as bulk acoustic wave duplexers are also used in 3G tablets
  • Consumer electronics and mobile market for MEMS in 2011 will grow by more than 25%
  • Revenue in 2011 for MEMS sensors and actuators used in consumer and mobile devices will grow to $2.07 billion, up 26.2%
  • 2010 MEMS sensors and actuators revenue was $1.64 billion (27.1% increase from 2009)
  • MEMS sensors and actuators market expected to reach $3.71 billion in 2014
  • Cell phones will account for the largest share of MEMS use in 2011 (projected to reach $1.1 billion)
  • Video gaming is currently the second-largest application for consumer MEMS ($229.7 million expected in 2011)
  • By 2014, tablets will become the second-largest application for MEMS sensors with revenue of $280 million
  • Sales of MEMS for use in tablets will increased by 373% to $140.4 million in 2011
  • Revenue from MEMS accelerometers in 2011 will be over $500 million
  • 3-axis MEMS gyroscopes are expected to reach over $500 million
  • By 2014, accelerometers and gyroscopes will combine for $1.6 billion in revenues

More information: Consumer MEMS: The Sky is the Limit!