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."