Research and Markets, the leading source for international market research and market data, has announced the addition of the "Global and China MEMS Industry Report, 2008-2009 " report to their offering.
MEMS, abbreviated for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, is a semiconductor technology integrating mechanics and electronics, which got widely applied for auto airbag preliminarily, and then for all the other auto industries via MEMS sensor. With the further development of MEMS technology, as well as the characteristics of application terminals such as lightness, thinness, shortness and smallness, the demand for small MEMS products with high performance shoots up, and the fields like consumer electronics and medical care also increasingly require large quantity MEMS products.
Apple iPhone series, beyond doubt, has promoted MEMS application in cell phone, and after iPhone, more and more MEMS cell phones will be in prevalence. MEMS in the components of portable devices consist of gyroscope, new-generation triaxial accelerometer, pressure sensor and module design. Besides browsing web pages via touch, scrolling web pages via inclining cell phone, and displaying pictures by the change of cell phone direction and angle, it can also be step counter, guide interface, LBS positioning information service, HDD anti-collision protection from geocentric gravity, individual inertial navigation, intelligence interactive game etc. The cell phones with in-built MEMS function also can be used to measure absolute atmosphere or as the sensing device. In addition, the cell phone MEMS sensor can judge the distance of cell phone to ear skin so that it can close display screen automatically, and the electricity source can be saved.
Impacted by global economic downturn in 2008, both global consumer electronics and automobile sale have dropped, which further continues in 2009. The two American auto giants are faced with bankruptcy, which has given a heavy blow to MEMS market application. However, MEMS still has a bright prospect since the rising portion of MEMS application in single products in spite of a decline in consumer electronics shipment. Moreover, the compulsory configuration regulations launched by the countries in Europe and America in auto ESC and TPMS fields have secured the steady supply of MEMS products.
MEMS products are mostly customized, which has higher requirements on wafer fabs. Therefore, Scarcely wafer fabs in Mainland China have entered the field. However, at the end of Oct, 2008, SMIC announced to enter MEMS OEM, and in early 2009 the top visiting group of Founder Microelectronics INC visited many MEMS companies in Taiwan. As it is said that Shanghai and Wuxi are planned to establish MEMS industrial parks, and China’s MEMS insiders are also seeking chances to share opportunities that MEMS industry has brought.