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MEMS devices drive over Rs.30,000 crore revenue

Posted: 24 Feb 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS  sensors  RF 

MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices built into mobile phones including sensors, audio, displays and RF will exceed annual revenues of Rs.30,612.24 crore ($6 billion) by 2016, according to a report by Juniper Research. The report finds the growth to be driven by mobile device market acceleration, including smartphones, tablets, eReaders and Ultrabooks.

The report identifies three different contributing categories to this billion dollar opportunity for MEMS devices: those already deployed (accelerometers, magnetometers & gyroscopes), those currently in initial stages of deployment (displays, RF devices, pressure sensors & microphones) and future applications, such as joysticks, temperature and humidity sensors, speakers & pico-projectors.

Market for inertial sensors
The report finds that inertial sensor adoption, including accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, has mainly depended on advanced availability and capability of gaming and navigation applications, thereby becoming ubiquitous in all mobile devices, particularly in smartphones and tablets. This along with the continuous growth of mobile device shipments is driving MEMS sensors forward.

Report author Nitin Bhas observes: "It is worth noting that MEMS sensors are expected to become an important differentiator for mobile device manufacturers towards enabling different capabilities and functionalities, including location based and navigation services. There are lots of additional functionalities that smartphones and tablets will pick up over time and those capabilities have already started to appear such as stabilisation control."

Opportunity for Audio and RF MEMS
Other findings from the report highlight the opportunity for other MEMS devices including microphones and RF components in mobile.

According to the report, as device vendors are expected to differentiate themselves with high-quality audio input and to integrate multiple microphones, the total number of MEMS microphones present in mobile devices shipped will exceed 200 crore in 2016.

The report also states that MEMS RF devices are expected to be found in most products designed for use in wireless products and this is indicated by recent mass production deals in RF MEMS.

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