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Growing MEMS market drives 8-inch fabs, reports survey

Posted: 27 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS  MEMS consumer applications  MEMS automotive 

Yole Développement market survey reports 14 per cent compound annual growth rate for global MEMS industry that reached almost Rs.26, 401.55 crore ($6 billion) in 2006. The trend towards more usage of MEMS in consumer applications and higher volumes in the automotive arena are driving the move from 6-inch to 8-inch wafers.

According to Yole Développement, most new companies are fabless or "fab-lite," contracting out to existing MEMS- or IC-manufacturing infrastructures.

"MEMS unit prices are decreasing. Pressure on prices is a sign of the maturity of this market," stated Jean Christophe Eloy, CEO and founder of Yole.

The report also provides a description of the business models, the industry structure and latest information on MEMS-market concentration.

In addition to the analysis of the business and industrial evolution of the industry, the report analyses in detail the top 30 MEMS players worldwide.

According to Yole's report, Texas Instruments ranked first in the top 10 MEMS producers in sales, followed by Hewlett-Packard, Robert Bosch, Lexmark, Seiko Epson, STMicroelectronics, Canon, Freescale, Analog Devices and Denos.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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