The global MEMS market for mobile devices (hereinafter referred to as the market under investigation) was valued at $5.48 billion in 2021. It is expected to be worth $9.55 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 9.
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31% between 2022 and 2027 (hereinafter referred to as the forecast period).
The evolution and development of technologies have significantly influenced the designs of MEMS sensors. In particular, the developments in the electronics industry towards consumer electronics and smart devices are largely driven by technology trends, consumer preferences, etc. These trends are driving the need for miniaturization of MEMS sensors.
With an increase in the demand for accelerometers and gyroscopes in smartphones, the MEMS market for mobile devices is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period, due to the sheer number of devices shipped worldwide. For example, the total number of mobile subscriptions worldwide was approximately 6.3 billion in 2021 and is expected to increase further according to Ericsson’s predictions.
The trend to achieve lower power consumption of MEMS devices has marked the studied market significantly. Furthermore, changing consumer dynamics, such as increasing fast and minimized charging times and charging optimization, are driving the need for sensors in smart mobile devices as they are designed to reduce power consumption, significantly reducing the required charging time.
The miniaturization of devices is one of the main factors driving the demand for MEMS on mobile devices. With the size of terminal devices shrinking, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to upgrade their technology to reap the benefits.
MEMS devices range from simple structures to complex multi-element systems under the control of integrated microelectronics. This poses a major challenge when it comes to the production of MEMS-based sensors. The development cycle of MEMS-based sensors is long due to the complexity of the design. The currently used CAD tools take a significant amount of time for the design cycle of increasing complexity.
The impact of COVID-19 on the mobile device market is moderate. In addition, the pandemic is changing the perception of the current global supply chain in manufacturing, potentially leading to more localized value chains and further regionalization to minimize similar risks in the near future.
Key Market Trends
Fingerprint sensors show significant growth
Fingerprint authentication is more secure than conventional methods, as the latter is based on passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs). Fingerprint sensor technology is rapidly being adopted in consumer devices, such as smartphones and tablets, due to its popularity and unique features, such as the ability to capture the characteristics of each individual, such as ridges, valleys and minutiae points. The growing adoption of smartphones with fingerprint technology for its speed and easy unlocking process has created a need for MEMS sensors.
To capitalize on the market, Fingerprint Cards AB announced in February 2022 that FPC1552 curved, the company’s second-generation slim and curved capacitive touch sensor, will be integrated into Xiaomi’s recently launched Redmi K50. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the side of the phone and has a curved surface for more seamless integration. It enables a range of the latest smartphone designs, including frameless and foldable phones, to enhance the user experience, in addition to offering convenient and secure authentication method, doubling power button, volume control, camera shutter control and scroll.
There are three main types of fingerprint scanners: ultrasonic, capacitive and optical. As the name suggests, optical fingerprint sensors rely on capturing an optical image, essentially a photograph, using algorithms to detect unique patterns on the surface, such as ridges or distinguishing marks, through the lightest and darkest areas of the surface. to analyze the image. As previously assumed during research, it is the dominant technology in the market.
The main problem with optical sensors or scanners is that they are not difficult to replicate. The technology only captures a 2D image, leaving the manipulation of various designs to prosthetics and good quality photos. Therefore, this technology is expected to be replaced, although new techniques are being developed. Synaptics, which is developing a line of scanners for smartphones and other products, has unveiled its Natural ID FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor. The module can work successfully under 1mm glass and with wet fingers, which generally messes with capacitive alternatives.
In addition, Huawei seems to be working on improving the efficiency of its optical fingerprint scanner. In December 2021, Huawei issued a patent for the fingerprint identification method and the electronic equipment and media, describing an innovative piece of technology that will improve fingerprint identification.
Asia Pacific is expected to have significant market share
Significant demand for smartphones from countries such as India, China, Japan and South Korea is encouraging many suppliers to set up manufacturing facilities in the region. The availability of raw materials, along with low establishment and labor costs, has also motivated the companies to establish their production centers in the region. In addition to the manufacturing benefits, strong demand and rapid growth are also affecting mobile phone companies to set up their manufacturing facilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to the latest figures from the Chinese government, Chinese subscribers are flocking to buy expensive new 5G mobile phones. China’s 5G phone shipments surpassed 266 million units in 2021, up 63.5% from the previous year. 5G accounted for 75.9% of total mobile phone shipments, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
Xiaomi opens two new mobile production units and a television factory in India. One of the two mobile production units is now operational and the company has partnered with DBG India to run the plant in Haryana. BYD, a Chinese electronics company, is to build its second facility in Tamil Nadu.
In addition, in January 2021, Samsung introduced its new Samsung ISOCELL GN2, a new 50MP image sensor. It includes features such as large 1.4 micrometers (?m) pixels, an improvement over its predecessor ISOCELL GN1 that offered up to 100MP imaging, powerful HDR, enhanced autofocus via Dual Pixel Pro technology, and vivid results via Smart ISO Pro regardless of the light environment. The GN2 supports full HD videos at 480 fps or 4K at 120 fps for wider mobile video recording capabilities. The ongoing upgrades in the current offerings are expected to increase the adoption of these innovative sensors by smartphone manufacturers.
The MEMS market is dotted with large-scale vendors that are capable of both backward and forward integration and have significant monetization opportunities. The intensity of competitive rivalry in the market is moderately high and is expected to increase in the coming years
February 2022 – Bosch SensorTech GMBH expanded its wafer factory in Reutlingen to combat the ongoing global chip shortage. In 2025, more than 250 million euros will be invested in the construction of new production space and the necessary cleanroom facilities. This will allow Bosch to meet the ever-increasing demand for chips used in mobility and IoT applications.
August 2021 – Analog Devices Inc. completes acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Maxim is a publicly traded company that develops advanced analog and mixed-signal products and solutions. The acquisition will further strengthen the company’s position as a high-performance analog semiconductor company.
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