Markets, the leading source for international market research and market
data, has announced the addition of "MEMS Switch and Varicap Market Report"
to their offering.
MEMS switches and varicaps products are getting to commercialization today
These products either replace existing switching products or create new features.
The industry is just emerging with early sales levels in 2006. Successful sales
of MEMS switches have been registered for ATE (Automated Test Equipment) and
other defense and industrial applications since 2006.
Despite a market growth in 2007 the two industrial market leaders, Teravicta
and Simpler Network have nevertheless stopped their activity in December 2007.
It will be a challenge for the industry to recover from this difficult start.
But acquisitions in the field of the cell phone module industry (such as EPCOS
acquisition of NXP MEMS varicap activity) raise commercialization expectations
in the next 2 years. Report highlights who is poised to be the next leading
players and which applications will drive the MEMS switch and varicap sales
in the 2007-2012 period. Six players are currently commercializing or sampling
products on the market (RadantMEMS, MEW, Advantest, XCOMwireless, MEMtronics,
Wispry) and more than 20 additional products development projects have been
listed in the report. M&A activity will certainly increase in the next 5
years in order to push forward the commercialization of these technologies like
EPCOS did this year. The potential market for switches and varicaps is thereforelarge
because MEMS based switches are expected to both:
- substitute existing products
- enable new applications, particularly for mobile phones within the short
There is complex market segmentation for the products to fit with a large set
of parameters for each application: Supply voltage, size, and cost structure,
RF power handling capability, reliability level, and fit with the supply chain
Our forecasts that the main market drivers are the following:
- Weight and size benefit for space and ATE (Automated Test Equipment) applications
- Increased RF switching performance at constant size and cost, for cell
phone and radars applications
- Ability to create switching matrix being low cost and good RF performances
in wired and wireless telecom applications
MEMS switch and varicaps will generate over US$ 650M sales by 2012. The market
will be mainly driven by cell phones applications.
Price erosion be a major concern from MEMS manufacturers as volume ramps up.
Market leaders will have a major advantage in this complex technology development
This report not only describes the market at the player and application level,
but it provide a global view of the RF MEMS switch market allowing to build
diversification strategies taking into account technical requirements.