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Report: Inertial MEMs market to grow by 13% by 2011

Posted: 11 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CE apps  MEMS sales  automotive apps 

The two reports on inertial MEMS released by French research and strategy consulting company Yole Development predicted the market to grow by 13 per cent over the period of 2006 to 2011.

Yole's reports, one on the inertial MEMS market for CE and the other on the high-performance inertial MEMS market, have identified key trends, including a stabilisation of the automotive market due to an increased competition, a boom of consumer applications with 35-per cent CAGR over the same period, thanks to the achievement of the below Rs.81.73 ($2) price target, as well as a strong growth of industrial, medical and defence markets (from 9 per cent to 18 per cent CAGR).

Yole said the inertial MEMS market for CE applications is expanding. The gyroscopes and accelerometers market grew by 55 per cent between 2005 and 2006, reaching Rs.948.11 crore ($232 million). An average 35-per cent CAGR for the period of 2006 to 2011 is expected.

Mathieu Potin, an analyst at Yole, declared: "The market dynamic mainly comes from accelerometers: about 65 per cent of the total inertial sales by 2011. Consumer applications will progressively take a 40-per cent share of the total inertial MEMS activity by 2011, including automotive, medical, industrial, aeronautic and defence sectors."

Moving to the high-performance inertial MEMS market, Yole said various technology choices have been made. While silicon-based devices tend to have strong cost reduction potentials, quartz-based devices demonstrate "very promising performances" over large temperature range.

Yole added that inertial MEMS manufacturing strategies are stable today but will change in the future. Most players have internal fabs and half of new entrants are using external fabs.

According to Yole, top producing MEMS foundries are, in this order, IMT, Sony, APM, Micralyne, DALSA Semiconductor, ELMOS SMI, Memstech, Colibrys, Silex, Memscap and Tronics Microsystems.

- Anne-Francoise Pele
EE Times Europe

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