MEMS' The Word, says Juniper
The number of MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensor devices, which power many location-based services and Augmented Reality apps on mobile, will reach 4bn over the next five years, according to a report from Juniper Research, as the cost of production drops.
“MEMS sensors, especially accelerometers and gyroscopes, have experienced a dramatic reduction in price over the past few years," says report author Nitin Bhas. "Increasingly, vendors need to create or add value to their products by incorporating more functions into a single MEMS device, thereby further reducing size, complexity, and cost”.
Annual revenues generated by MEMS devices built into mobile phones - including accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others, such as pressure, humidity & temperature sensors - will exceed $6bn (£3.7bn) by 2016, the report says.
However, the MEMS in Mobile report warns that the devices will see a declining revenue share in the market - reaching 60 per cent in 2016 - as other categories, including Audio & RF, begin to contribute towards the total.