Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Accelerometers and gyroscopes for Consumer applications

MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers market increased by 55% from 2005 to 2006 to reach USD 232 M last year. An average 35% CAGR for 2006-2011 periods is expected. The market dynamic mainly comes from accelerometers: about 65% of the total inertial sales by 2011. Consumer applications will progressively take a 40% share of the total inertial MEMS activity by 2011 (including automotive, medical, industrial, aeronautic and defence sectors).

MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes are emerging at a very fast pace in consumer electronics products. MEMS gyroscopes were widely integrated into camcorders since 1998 to provide optical stabilization features. MEMS accelerometers entered consumer applications in 2003, in large volume, as a protection feature for Hard Disk Drives.
In 2006, Nintendo Wii’s motion sensing remote control gave for the first time, public visibility to inertial MEMS. The new attractive Human Machine Interface from game controls such as the Wii, is even expected to penetrate the cell phone market.
Inertial MEMS are already spread over a wide range of consumer products, with limited volume . The MEMS industry is very excited and confident. Every one’s attention is focused on what will be the next killer application.

A consolidation should take place for MEMS in consumer applications.
The strong development of MEMS based consumer electronics applications since 2004 is leading the way for an industry consolidation starting in 2007. Some players seem to have already stopped their 3 axis accelerometer product line.

In the mean time, design win have mainly been realized by the TOP6 consumer accelerometers manufacturers. While the Nintendo Wii design win has been attributed to ADI and STM, Sony has not publicly disclose their motion sensor suppliers.

An accurate market segmentation of the MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes applications to identify new business opportunities.
Each application of the automotive, aeronautic, defence, medical industrial and consumer fields is detailed (market, technology, players) :
- Global market evaluation of the high performance inertial MEMS applications: component volume in M units, Average Single Price (ASP), and 2006-2011 value forecasts.
- Description of the products and technologies: product specifications, technological trends and business trends.
- Evaluation of major players market share and potential new entrants.

Companies described in the report
Analog Devices, Bosch Sensortec, Citizen, Freescale, Fujitsu, Fuji Electric, Fuji, Hitachi Metals, Hokuriku Denko, HSG-IMIT, Infineon, Invensense, Kionix, Micro Infinity, Mitsubishi, Murata, Samsung, SONY, STMicroelectronics, VTI, Apple, Aichi Steel, Asahi Kasei Microsystems, Canon, Epson Toyocom, Gyration, Hitachi Storage, HP, IBM, Kodak, MEMSIC, Maxtor, Microfabrica, Microsoft, NEC, Nintendo, Nokia, OKI, Olympus, Omron, Panasonic, Pioneer, Seagate, Sharp, Toshiba, Vodaphone, Wacoh

Publisher : Yole Développement

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