Mobile MEMS sensor market to reach $8 billion in 2018, says Juniper

MEMS sensors are used on mobile device microphones, cameras

The market for mobile microeletromechanical system sensors and components will reach close to $8 billion in 2018, according to a new report by Juniper Research.

MEMS components include microphones and cameras embedded in smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. They enable such services as augmented reality, context awareness and navigation, and power applications such as gaming, imaging and videography.

Shipments of MEMS audio devices, including microphones and speakers, are forecast by Juniper to exceed three billion units in 2018.

MEMS sensors are increasingly being used in wearable technology to measure body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and other key health metrics. In addition, MEMS components are increasingly being used in accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and multi-focal cameras.

"With Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung paving the way, device manufacturers are integrating multiple sensors, and combining these to enable future services," commented Juniper analyst and report author Nitin Bhas.

Recently, the MEMS Industry Group, along with Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Qualcomm, released a MEMS sensor performance standard for accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, hygrometers, temperature sensors, ambient light sensors and proximity sensors.

The standard is one of the first to provide apples-to-apples comparisons of MEMS sensors from different sensor vendors.

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