The market for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), which includes products such as automobile airbag systems, display systems and inkjet cartridges totaled $40 billion in 2006, and is expected to top $72 billion by 2011, according to Global MEMS/Microsystems Markets and Opportunities, a comprehensive new market research report from SEMI and Yole Developpement.
The MEMS devices at the heart of these systems totaled $5.9 billion in 2006, and are projected to grow to $10.8 billion by 2011, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 percent, fueled by increasing use in consumer electronics. MEMS devices are defined as die-level components of first-level packaging, and include pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, digital mirror displays, micro fluidic devices, etc.
The materials and equipment used to manufacture MEMS devices topped $1 billion in 2006, with MEMS materials forecasted to grow at CAGR of 13%, while MEMS equipment is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 9% through 2011. Materials demand is driven by substrates, making up over 70% of the market, packaging coatings and increasing use of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP). While MEMS manufacturing continues to be dominated by used semiconductor equipment, there is a migration to 200 mm lines and select new tools, including etch and bonding for certain MEMS applications.