MEMS microphones make noise in 2012

By Jérémie Bouchaud, IHS

Originally posted on ElectroIQ

January 17, 2012 — Micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) microphones are set to enjoy another blockbuster year in 2012 as the devices continue to find strong adoption in portable electronics, including the wildly popular iPhone and iPad from Apple Inc., according to a new report from IHS iSuppli.

Revenue this year for MEMS microphones is projected to reach $493.5 million, up a solid 32% from $373.2 million in 2011. This year’s expansion continues the mighty growth path seen by MEMS mics following last year’s remarkable 64% increase, and the next few years also will see healthy prospects for the space.

By 2015, MEMS microphone revenue will hit approximately $667.0 million, equivalent to a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24% starting from 2010. Shipments in 2015 will hit 2.9 billion units.

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