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Jan 10th, 2014
Pace of growth for MEMS in mobile devices may moderate, but pace of change will not
Growth rates for MEMS in mobile phones and tablets will calm down a bit from explosive to merely strong going forward. But there will be no let up in the lightning pace of change, as the high proﬁ le market opportunity next moves to more integrated solutions and to a much wider range of new applications, to expand to more than $5 billion over the next ﬁ ve years.
The fast adoption of MEMS sensors into mobile phones and tables drove a 3X jump in unit volume from 2009 to 2011, and a whopping 60% growth in revenues last year, as BAW duplexers, then accelerometers and MEMS microphones, then low cost consumer gyroscopes quickly became must-have components. Now that the market is more established, we expect the on-going rate of growth to ease a bit, but to still average a robust ~20% annually over the next ﬁ ve years. That will drive sales of MEMS for mobile gear past $2 billion this year, and to $5.4 billion by 2017. By then each of the world’s 2.9 billion mobile phones and tablets will average 5 to 10 MEMS devices.
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