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.
The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp. Global silicon magnetic sensor revenue will reach $1.4 billion in 2013, up from $821 million in 2009. This equates to slightly more than 5 billion magnetic sensor ICs and switches, up from about 2.8 billion units in 2009.
Wi-Fi has taken the entertainment device market by storm, with cameras, gaming devices (handheld and consoles), and personal media players (PMPs) incorporating the technology within the past few years, reports In-Stat. Wi-Fi-enabled entertainment device shipments will increase from 108.8 million in 2009 to 177.3 million in 2013. “While a growing number of entertainment devices have Wi-Fi embedded, most product categories only have a few players — often with a single company dominating the market,” says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. “For gaming consoles and gaming devices, Nintendo dominates the market, selling 79% of Wi-Fi-enabled consoles and 87% of Wi-Fi-enabled handheld devices in 2009″.