January 31, 2008 — Yole Développement, a MEMS market research company, has released a report that ranks what it considers the top 30 MEMS manufacturers of 2007.
Although automotive applications continued to fuel the MEMS market, the company said, the real driver for growth came from consumer applications.
STMicroelectronics, which has a consumer MEMS business unit, Analog Devices and Avago Technologies recorded more 20 percent growth from 2006 through MEMS in mobile phones, gaming systems or sports applications.
Knowles Acoustics, with its MEMS silicon microphone, and Avago Technologies, with FBAR components, both showed growth rates exceeding 35 percent, according to the report.
Hewlett Packard, according to Yole, achieved more than $850 million in MEMS sales, thanks to its inkjet printhead technology.
“Nine companies are above $200 million sales, compared to only four companies two years ago,” said Jean Christophe Eloy, Yole’s founder. “Analog Devices is a newcomer, boosted by MEMS accelerometers demand for consumer applications.”