News | May 28, 2014

MEMS & Sensors For Mobile Phone And Tablets: Welcome To A Crazy Business


MEMS & Sensors for Mobile Phones and Tablets report from Yole Développement

“The MEMS & sensors market for mobile phones and tablets application is growing fast”, announces Yole Développement. The company releases today its technology and market analysis, MEMS & Sensors for Mobile Phones & Tablets.

Under this report, Dr Eric Mounier, Senior Technology & Market Analyst, and Frédéric Breussin, Business Unit, MEMS & Sensors, present a global overview this market, including key market data and dynamics. They analyze the major technology trends for each device and detail the business opportunities.

“The MEMS & Sensors market for mobiles phones & tablets will expand from $ 2.85B in 2013 to more than $ 6B in 2019; shipments will increase from 5.8 B units to more than 17.5B units during the same period”, details Dr Eric Mounier. This market is clearly growing, and price is decreasing. What’s the best plan for entering this market and building success? Yole Développement gives its vision of the industry with its new analysis.

STMicroelectronics remains the global leader for MEMS in mobile phones and tablets, but Knowles, Bosch Sensortec and InvenSense all grew in 2013.

In 2012, Knowles lost market share in the MEMS microphone business due to strong competition from Analog Devices, AAC Technologies and Goertek. Still, it managed to regain market share in 2013 by supplying two microphones in the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. However, it is hard to predict what its market share in 2014 will be after recently losing its dispute against Goertek.

The top four players own more than 50% market share in different MEMS markets. Leading companies are trying to enlarge their MEMS products portfolio in order to supply a bundle of products to their customers. STMicroelectronics provides inertial sensors, microphones and pressure sensors. Bosch Sensortec is also focused on these products. And in 2013, InvenSense joined in by acquiring Analog Devices’ MEMS microphone business line, and signed a collaboration agreement with Sonion. InvenSense also released a 7-axis combo that integrates pressure sensors inside of a 6-axis IMU.

In these competitive landscape, two questions are key:

  • What strategies will newcomers pursue?
  • What is happening amongst the MEMS players already involved in the mobile phone and tablet market? This report provides the answers. One thing is for certain: new technologies are undoubtedly needed.

In this report, Yole Développement’s analysts also provide a deep understanding of the sensor fusion phenomenon. “Sensor fusion is the business’s hottest topic, in this industry”, announces Frédéric Breussin from Yole Développement. Indeed, sensor fusion could occur at different levels: in individual sensors, in sensor modules, in the sensor hub or in the application process. Yole Développement’s analysis provides an in-depth analysis of these different possibilities and their value partitioning.

“Sensor fusion can enable numerous new applications in mobile phones and tablets”, highlights Frédéric. Indoor navigation, augmented reality applications and context awareness, which may enable an “always-on” sensor … are the related applications detailed in Yole Développement’s report.

More information about this report is available on, reports. Section. Moreover, feel free to register to Yole Développement webcast, entitled “What does the future hold for MEMS?” This live event will take place on June 10 at 8.00 AM PDT. To discover the program and register, please click, MEMS future.

About MEMS & Sensors for Mobile Phones & Tablets report

  • Author:

Dr. Eric Mounier has a PhD in microelectronics from the INPg in grenoble. He previously worked at CEA LETI R&D lab in grenoble, France in marketing dept. Since 1998 he is a co-founder of Yole Developpement, a market research company based in France. At Yole Developpement, Dr. Eric Mounier is in charge of market analysis for MEMS, equipment & material.

Frédéric Breussin is responsible for the MEMS and Sensors activity. He has supported many companies in their innovation and product development strategy in making the bridge between micro systems technologies and their applications in consumer, automotive, industrial, Life sciences, diagnostics and medical device industries. He holds an Engineering diploma from INSA Rouen & a DEA in fluid mechanics from University of Rouen. 

With the participation of Wenbin Ding, formerly Technology & Market Analyst, MEMS Devices & Technology at Yole Développement 

  • Companies cited in the report (non-exhaustive list) 

AAC Technologies, Analog Devices, Aichi MI, AKM, Alps Electric, Amazon, AMS, Apple, Aptina Imaging, Asus, Atmel, Audiopixels, AuthenTec, Avago, BlackBerry, BodyMedia, Boeing, Bosch Sensortec, Broadcom, Canon, Capella, Cavendish Kinetics, CSR, DelfMEMS, Discera, EPCOS, Excelitas, Fairchild, Fingerprint Cards, Freescale, Fujitsu, Gettop, Goertek, Google, Hillcrest Labs, HTC, Huawei, IDEX, IDT, Intel, Intersil, InvenSense, Jabra, Jawbone, Kionix, Knowles Acoustics, Lemoptix, Lenovo, LG, Marvell, Maxim, mCube, Mediatek, MEMS Vision, MEMSensing Microsystems, Memsic, Micello, Microvision, MiraMEMS, Mobiplex, Mosoro, Motorola, Movea, Murata, Navisens, Netatmo, NEWCO, Nextinput, Nokia, Nvidia, NXP, Omnivision, Omron, On Semiconductor, Panasonic, Peregrine, poLight, Pyreos, Qualcomm, RFMD, Rohm, Samsung, Sand 9, Senodia, Sensirion, SensorPlatforms, Sharp, Silicon Labs, SiTime, Sony, Spreadtrum, STMicroelectronics, Synkera, Tactus Technology, TCL, Tessera, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, TreLab, TriQuint, Trusted Positioning, u-blox, Variable Technologies, Validity Inc., Visioglobe, Wavelens, Wiko, WiSpry, Withings, Wolfson, Xiaomi, Yamaha, YotaPhone, Yulong, ZTE and many more!

About Yole Développement

Founded in 1998, Yole Développement has grown to become a group of companies providing marketing, technology and strategy consulting, media in addition to corporate finance services. With a strong focus on emerging applications using silicon and/or micro manufacturing, Yole Développement group has expanded to include more than 50 collaborators worldwide covering MEMS, Compound Semiconductors, LED, Image Sensors, Optoelectronics, Microfluidics & Medical, Photovoltaics, Advanced Packaging, Manufacturing, Nanomaterials and Power Electronics. 

The group supports industrial companies, investors and R&D organizations worldwide to help them understand markets and follow technology trends to develop their business. For more information, visit 

SOURCE: Yole Développement