EETimes – The MEMS market this year for consumer electronics and mobile handsets will grow by 157.4 percent according to a report by IHS iSuppli market research firm. Revenue this year for new CE and mobile MEMS devices will reach $457.3 million, up by more than a factor of 2.5 from $177.6 million in 2010. Specific microlectromechanical devices such as 3-axis gyroscopes and pico projectors will generate revenue of $1.4 billion by 2014. So one segment will be over 8 times bigger than the entire consumer electronics and mobile handsets MEMS market within 4 years.
In addition to 3-axis gyroscopes, new MEMS technology is used in tiny pico projectors that are so small they already are embedded in phones or cameras. Another application of new MEMS can be found in the tiny actuators used for the autofocus function in cameras, packed in a small form factor but able to capture high quality images, according to IHS iSuppli.