Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another $2 billion in killer apps for MEMS by 2015!

LYON, FRANCE: Yole Développement released a new report dedicated to emerging MEMS devices: Emerging MEMS: Technologies & Market, 2010 Report.

The aim of this analysis is to provide a deep understanding MEMS players with new MEMS devices under development. For each Emerging MEMS device, the consulting company presents overview, market dynamics, technologies, players, technical trends and market shares.This report also includes market data. Each Emerging MEMS devices has been quantified in market value and units for 2009 through 2015. Moreover, Yole Développement‘s analysts identified new MEMS companies that could contribute to the MEMS market growth in the future.

Another MEMS market analysis?
MEMS markets have been and will always be driven by innovation. It means that, every year, new MEMS developments are coming out. Not all of them find commercial success, but the constant stream shows there are plenty of applications where MEMS devices could be used.

For a long time, the MEMS market has been composed of “mature” MEMS devices: IJ heads, pressure sensors, accelerometers and DMD. Then came microfluidics, gyroscopes, micro phones, RF MEMS (the latter still struggling to shift to large volume).

In addition to these devices, there are a lot of new MEMS that have crossed the gap from R&D to commercialization, or are close to doing so. “Yole’s report presents these new “Emerging MEMS” devices that could be the next killer application of tomorrow”, explained Dr Eric Mounier, Project Manager at Yole Développement.

It is a market and technical overview for MEMS-based Auto Focus, Electronic Compass, Energy Harvesting, Micro-bolometers, Micro displays, Micro fuel cells, Micro speakers, Micro structures, Microtips, Oscillators and RFID.

Innovative developments, promising markets
Estimated to be $550 million in 2009, emerging MEMS markets have the potential to add $2.2 billion to the overall MEMS market by 2015.

An interesting fact is that most of the new MEMS developments are under the roof of startups. The situation is quite similar to what happened in the 1998-1999 period, when many new MEMS developments were on the edge of crossing the chasm – today these are mature MEMS products with large volume markets.

“We have identified more than 30 startups involved in new developments”, said Laurent Robin, MEMS Market Analyst at Yole Développement. “These new companies will contribute a major part of the Emerging MEMS market devices by 2015. It will represent 10 percent of the total MEMS market!”

Among the MEMS devices analyzed in this report, microbolometers, digital compasses and oscillators will represent the most promising markets. Out of these three, only microbolometers are mature technologies (while still subject to innovations to lower cost and increase integration).

MEMS oscillators are now ready to take a significant share of the timing market. Digital compass is a soaring market in 2010 that started in earnest in 2007 thanks to the first monolithic 3-axis devices.

The report describes more 'unusual' MEMS such as DRIE-manufactured microstructure as well, for watches, MEMS RFIDs or MEMS micro speakers.

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