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.
Highlighted by their adoption in Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones are set to achieve a more than 50 percent increase in shipments in 2010 and a fourfold rise by 2014, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS). Global MEMS microphone shipments are set to expand to 695.6 million units this year, up 57.7 percent from 441 million in 2009, as presented in the attached figure. By 2014, shipments will rise to 1.7 billion units, four times the total for 2009.
Help may be on the way for iPhone 4 users frustrated by dropped calls with the arrival of Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems (RF MEMS), semiconductors that can improve the performance of antennas in cell phones, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. Long plagued by technological hurdles and other disappointing setbacks, RF MEMS are finally ready for the big time, with revenue projected to double in 2010 and more than triple in 2011. From slightly less than $4 million in 2006, global RF MEMS revenue is anticipated to climb to $8.1 million this year — and then surge to $27.9 million in 2011, according to iSuppli. By 2014, revenue will reach a whopping $223.2 million — a far cry from the industry’s extremely modest beginnings.
Fueled by gains in both the commercial and industrial sectors, the power management semiconductor industry will finish 2010 on a high note that will be unmatched over the next few years, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. Comprising integrated circuits and discretes, power management semiconductors will generate $31.4 billion in 2010, up a sizable 39.9 percent from $22.4 billion in 2009. This year’s expansion not only will reverse the losses of 2009 — when revenue declined by 15.8 percent — it also will be unequaled during the next four years, none of which will enjoy growth higher than 13 percent.
Cell phones and a slew of emerging devices will power the market for consumer electronics and cell phone Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors toward solid, uninterrupted growth in 2010 and beyond, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. Revenue for MEMS sensors and actuators used in consumer electronics and mobile handsets is projected to reach $1.5 billion in 2010, up a solid 22.9 percent from $1.3 billion last year. “Unlike most industries, the consumer and mobile MEMS market did not suffer a decline last year—even at the height of the global economic downturn—and growth ranging from 17 percent to as much as 28 percent will continue during the next four years,” said Jérémie Bouchaud, principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at iSuppli.
Powered by the seemingly recession-proof performance of the mobile phone and consumer electronics segments, the market for Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors is set to return to growth in 2010 after two straight years of decline, according to iSuppli Corp. Approaching a point close to the historical peak of 2007, MEMS revenue this year is projected to reach $6.54 billion, up 11.1 percent from $5.88 billion last year. The double-digit expansion predicted for 2010 compares to a decline of 6.8 percent posted in 2009, on top of a 3.6 percent contraction in 2008, iSuppli figures show. The market will continue to expand through 2014, when it will have grown another $3.3 billion to hit $9.8 billion — equivalent to a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.7 percent throughout the 2009-2014 period.
Automotive infotainment systems in 2010 are entering their fourth generation of evolution, a phase in which the capabilities of the hardware are unlimited because they allow consumers to customize their own experience, according to iSuppli Corp. Global revenue from shipments of automotive infotainment systems is set to rise to $37 billion in 2016, up from $30.8 billion in 2010.
Following its toughest year in recent memory, the market for Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) automotive sensors will rebound sharply in 2010, but continued high sales might lead to an overheated market that could push the industry back into depression, according to new research from iSuppli Corp. Global shipments of automotive MEMS sensors are projected to reach 591.2 million units in 2010, up a resounding 17.8 percent from 502.0 million.
Monday’s introduction of the iPhone 4 is set to trigger explosive growth in the market for gyroscopes used in cell phones, as a flood of competitors vie to emulate the feature, according to iSuppli Corp. Global unit shipments of gyroscopes in mobile handsets are expected to rise to 285.9 million in 2014, up from 26 million in 2010 and from zero in 2009.
Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2009 retained its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors among semiconductor Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDM) and fabless firms, according to iSuppli Corp. In second place and mirroring its runner-up position in 2008 was Texas Instruments. Other companies in the IDM and fabless category that performed well included Epson, which achieved a 12 percent increase in revenue thanks to its booming quartz MEMS gyroscope business; and STMicroelectronics, which holds more than 40 percent of the accelerometer market for cell phones.