By Kalwinder Kaur
The market for MEMS sensors in mobile devices which is estimated to be $1.2 billion at the end of 2012 is expected to grow to $2.8 billion by 2017.
ABI Research reports that the growing usage of MEMS sensors in mobile devices and the growth of the mobile device market are boosting the sales for MEMS sensors.
Many factors are playing a major role in the growth of the MEMS sensor market. Mobile device units spearhead the demand for MEMS sensors. Smartphone users demand intuitive devices that have the capability to interact with the user in novel ways without activating buttons. For gaming, advanced sensors allow tilting or turning of the device orientation view.
The accelerometer is a widely used sensor, which makes the smartphone or other devices to change from landscape to portrait view or vice-versa when it is simply turned. Over 80% of 2012’s smartphones will include an accelerometer. Further, the research estimates that accelerometers in mobile devices will form 32% of MEMS sensor shipments. In terms of revenue, gyroscopes lead the market, and in 2012 it is expected to reach $350 million.
MEMS sensors enable more interactive and advanced features for mobile devices. They provide more options for mobile device operating systems, mobile network operators, and app designers.
By the end of 2012, the total annual revenues for MEMS sensors are expected to reach $1.3 billion. In 2017, the revenue from smartphones for MEMS sensors is forecast to reach $4.4 billion, while revenue from media tablets is expected to reach nearly $835 million.
ABI Research’s report titled “Sensors in Mobile Devices and Their Role in Service Enablement” provides details about other MEMS sensors.