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Feb 22nd, 2010
 
Newest Markets Bolster 2009 MEMS Top 30
 
Yole Développement releases its annual ranking of Top 30 MEMS Companies based on Yole’s market research and industry expertise. Key facts from the 2009 ranking highlighted by Jean‐ Christophe Eloy, CEO of Yole Développement include: Overall combined sales of the 2009 Top 30 MEMS Companies saw a first ever drop with a 5% decrease; Open MEMS Foundries get confirmation of a winning business model; Texas Instruments climbs back into the top position; Expanding new markets InvenSense is the Top 30 leader in growth with 500% increase in sales.
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Yole Développement is pleased to present this annual analysis of the largest players in the MEMS
industry based on the estimated value of the MEMS devices they manufacture. Yole Développement
is tracking the MEMS field with over 2,500 contacts each year to analyze the MEMS market in detail
and to follow the Top 30 MEMS manufacturers all year to deliver the most accurate information
available in this rapidly evolving industry.


Texas Instruments returns to the top
“After 2 years at number 2 in the ranking, Texas Instruments (TI) comes back as the leader of the TOP
30 MEMS Companies with sales reaching $648 Million in 2009” according to JC Eloy. Despite a decrease in sales in its DLP product portfolio, TI surpassed Hewlett Packard (HP) that now sits in second place. HP was hit by the slowdown in printer demand and a decrease of print head average selling price over the 2 past years. HP had a 14% decrease for MEMS device sales value in 2009.

Robert Bosch is back to 3rd in the ranking. Robert Bosch’s MEMS revenues take into account Bosch MEMS automotive revenues, and Bosch Sensortec sales. Yole Développement’s estimations highlight a 125% growth for Bosch Sensortec and overall Bosch sales of $426 million in 2009.


First half of 2009 plunged companies into gloom
According to Eloy, “the combined sales of the 2009 TOP 30 MEMS Companies reached just over $5B,
which is a 5% decrease compared to the TOP 30 in 2008. This is the first time the combined sales
figure of the Top 30 Companies has decreased. The first half of 2009 was one of the worst for the
MEMS industry especially for companies addressing consumer and automotive markets. TPMS and
airbag sensor manufacturers were impacted by both price pressure and lower demand from automotive companies reducing their stocks. Denso experienced a 30% decrease in 2009 and Infineon was down 33% from 2008.” Infineon also decreased because of the separation of Norwegian company Sensonor and the BAW business unit sale to Avago.

Who benefited in 2009?
“We have to note remarkable growth from companies benefiting during the downturn with a portfolio
of products dedicated to the newest high end applications”, explains Jérôme Mouly, MEMS Market
Analyst at Yole Développement.
In 2009 InvenSense was the number 1 growth company in the Top 30 Ranking reporting an enormous increase in sales of +500% thanks to the first 3‐axis gyro available at less than $3. The company took a strong position in gaming applications with integration of gyros in the latest game controller MotionPlus from the Nintendo Wii. Joining InvenSense with growth due to the newest MEMS markets were Avago, Kionix and Boehringer. Finally, also in the growth crowd for 2009, Panasonic enjoyed the second largest increase, benefiting from increased automotive sensor market share due to the exit of Systron Donner Automotive (SDA). With an estimated $207 million in revenues in 2009,
Panasonic recorded a 67% increase from the previous year.

 

Key changes in the 2009 TOP 30 MEMS Ranking
Arrivals and departures in 2009
• Open MEMS foundry, Dalsa Semiconductor, makes its debut in the Ranking at 29th with a
reported increase of 19% in USD to reach $31 million in sales. Joining with Micralyne that
was already in the TOP 30 MEMS ranking in 2008, MEMS foundries have affirmed their winning
business model, benefiting from long term developments and important contracts now
at the commercialization stage. Dalsa Semiconductor, based in Bromont, Canada, is now
the leading independent pure‐play MEMS foundry worldwide, thanks to significant demand
for MEMS products and the start of the new 200mm MEMS line in 2009.
• Another important player entering the TOP 30 Ranking is Sensata as the Yole TOP 30 MEMS
Ranking includes piezoresistive technology based companies for the first time. Sensata joins
the ranking at 17th with $98 million in 2009.
• On the other side, Systron Donner fell out of the TOP 30, due to SDA activity being stopped.
Systron Donner Inertial (SDI) estimated revenues were $26 million in 2009.
• Continental has also announced a new organization and stopped MEMS manufacturing thus
dropping out of the Ranking.

The outlook for 2010
After the worst period for many companies in the MEMS industry, the last quarter of 2009 showed
significant signs of recovery and the outlook for 2010 is bright. Integrators now need to reinforce
their component stocks in the short term, and ever more new state‐of‐the‐art products, from highend
TVs and game stations, to smart phones and netbooks, offer critical features and functionality
requiring the best of MEMS technology. In the product development race, companies are fighting
hard to preserve market share: like STMicroelectronics in inertial products, competing with growing
competitors InvenSense and Bosch Sensortec. STM has already started their counterattack unveiling
3‐axis gyros and MEMS microphones. With ever changing dynamics, vigorous competition and a
growing number of strong players, 2010 will be an exciting year for the MEMS industry.


 
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