"New" MEMS evolution coming, predicts Yole

October 20, 2014 // By Peter Clarke
A change is occurring in the technology options behind MEMS sensors, according to Yole Developpement.

The market for MEMS devices based on 3D packaging, novel materials and detection principles will grow from $1.6 billion in 2013 to $1.8 billion in 2014 and then accelerate to about $3.7 billion in 2019, according to market analysis firm Yole Developpement.

This places "new" MEMS as being worth about 14 percent of the total MEMS market in 2013 of $11.7 billion rising to about 15 percent by 2019, when Yole reckons the total MEMS market will be $24 billion.

New MEMS revenues. Source: Yole

"For conventional MEMS it is becoming harder to both decrease cost and size," said Eric Mounier author of a report on new detection principles and the technical evolution of MEMS and NEMS for Yole.

"People need to find different ways and these include maximum optimization for a given process and principle of detection and the use of 3D stacking and packaging. Bosch, ST and mCube already use TSVs. This can push forward the miniaturization of MEMS."