MEMS Microphone: Market, Applications and Business Trends 2014 2014 Report by Yole Developpement


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New opportunities and emerging applications continue to boost the MEMS microphone market with strong new players

MEMS microphone market has been growing since its first appearance. The huge worldwide adoption of smartphones, each using more than one MEMS microphone, creates the wide integration and rocketing growth of the MEMS microphone market. Some smartphones are now using three microphones: one for voice capture, one or two for noise cancellation and one for voice recognition improvement.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable electronics applications are emerging markets for MEMS microphones: new opportunities will create new momentum in this fast growing business. Smart watch, smart glasses, smart home & building, and vehicle voice control will be promising applications in the next few years.

Yole Développement believes that the MEMS microphone will remain one of the fastest growing MEMS components due to existing and new opportunities. The market will grow from $785M in 2013 to $1.65B by 2019. Shipments are expected to grow from 2.4B in 2013 to 6.6B units in 2019 which points to a market filled with opportunities for existing and new players.

In this report, Yole Développement has completely re-examined and updated the MEMS microphone market data to provide you with a clear 2013 to 2019 market forecast.

Medical and automotive MEMS microphone markets will grow, but the current markets are still small. The Internet of Things will definitely result in new opportunities for the automotive market. MEMS microphones facilitate man-machine communication and enable voice detection and control to make devices more effective. Increased device effectiveness will lead to greater opportunity.

In this report, we will provide a complete overview of traditional applications – mobile phone, notebook, camera and tablet, other consumer electronics, medical applications, and automotive applications – as well as identify emerging applications.

The MEMS microphone market is huge and has many opportunities. Big players compete with different approaches and new comers keep entering the market.

The market is changing: Knowles’ domination is weakening; it has about 61% of the market now down from the 83% it had in 2010. However, total market expansion has increased Knowles’ MEMS microphone revenue from $173.5M in 2010 to $477M in 2013.

Even though Knowles is still the market leader, other players are competing to take its market share. However compared to 2012, Knowles managed to regain some market share in 2013: iPhone 5S and 5C are using two microphones from Knowles and one from AAC Technologies (AAC). Other players still have a long way to go if they want to take market share from Knowles...

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MEMS Microphone: Market, Applications and Business Trends 2014 2014 Report by Yole Developpement

  1. 1. © 2014 MEMS Microphone 2014 Multi-mic smartphones, tablets and emerging consumer applications keep making the market booming: reaching $1.65B by 2019… Apple Samsung Wolfson Audio Hub Knowles mic – System Plus Consulting AAC mic - System Plus Consulting Bosch Akustica REPORT SAMPLE
  2. 2. © 2014• 2 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report About the Author Wenbin Ding – Wenbin is responsible for MEMS market research at Yole Développement. She previously worked at research enter CEA, Grenoble France. She holds a Microelectronics Engineering degree from the National Engineering School in Caen, plus a Master of Business Administration from IAE Caen, France. – Contact: Frédéric Breussin – Frédéric Breussin is responsible for the MEMS and Sensors activity. He has supported many companies in their innovation and product development strategy in making the bridge between micro systems technologies and their applications in consumer, automotive, industrial, Life sciences, diagnostics and medical device industries. He holds an Engineering diploma from INSA Rouen & a DEA in fluid mechanics from University of Rouen. – Contact:
  3. 3. © 2014• 3 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report Report Objectives • This report covers: – MEMS microphones – All types of applications: • Mobile phones • Tablets • Other consumer applications: Notebook, camera, camcorder… • Medical • Automotive and others • The report objectives are: – To provide an update of the global MEMS microphone market – key market metrics & dynamics • 2013-2019 unit shipments and revenue by level of integration (3/6/9-axis) • Average selling price analysis and expected evolution • Market share for each level of integration – To describe main applications, focusing on key existing markets, and those that are emerging and showing the most promise • Functionalities provided, status in 2013, key players as well as global system trends • Emerging applications drivers, detection of new functionalities – To provide in-depth teardowns of current microphones used in main smart phones • Technology trends, packaging evolution • Teardown and reverse costing/engineering – To provide an in-depth analysis of the competitive landscape of the industry • Main players and their market share for each application • Recent M&A, new comers and disappearance • Emerging Chinese players
  4. 4. © 2014• 4 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report What’s new since 2011 for MEMS microphone business What We Saw? What We Missed? • Yole Développement has followed the consumer MEMS microphone market for many years and publishes reports on this topic regularly. • Compared to the analysis performed in 2011: – We saw: • Huge adoption of MEMS microphones in all consumer applications, especially for smart phone and tablets • Rocketing growth of global MEMS microphone for consumer market • Aggressive price decrease because of high level competition • Medical, automotive and other markets are still in their infancy: not the focus of most players • Trends of integrating several microphones in one device to improve the performance • Big effort of manufacturers to make microphones smaller and more robust • Packaging patent disputes between main players (Knowles, AAC Technologies, Analog Devices…) • Dominant market place of Knowles with numerous emerging players all over the world • New business model, successful case of Infineon: supply of MEMS and ASIC dies to conventional microphone players • Arise of traditional ECM players in Asia – We missed: • Knowles lost its market share faster than expected • Audio hub to integrate several microphones in one device • Prices for high volumes decreased more sharply than expected • A larger amount of Chinese players appearing than expected because of the huge growth of Chinese smart phone market
  5. 5. © 2014• 5 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report Total Market Forecast 2013-2019 in $M • Because of the price decrease, the market in value is growing more slowly than in volume. We believe it will grow from $785M to $1.65B by 2019. – CAGR: 13% 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total market ($M) 785,0 929,0 1050,2 1173,7 1317,6 1482,8 1651,4 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 $M MEMS Microphone Market in $M 2013-2019 Yole développement © February 2014
  6. 6. © 2014• 6 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report MEMS Microphones Earphone handsets Cellphones / Smartphones Laptop / Notebook Consumer electronics Medical Automotive MEMS Silicon Microphones Microphone definition Applications Overview IoT
  7. 7. © 2014• 7 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report Multi-Microphone Trend in Smartphones • Example: Evolution of iPhones – IPhone 5 uses 3 MEMS microphones from Knowles, AAC Technologies and Analog Devices • The primary microphone is used at the bottom of the phone to capture voice • The second one is located on the back and used to cut out ambient noise and improve sound quality • The third one (from ADI) is located beside the front camera in order to improve Siri’s (voice control) performance. • Chipset from Audience for CAN – Iphone 5S uses also 3 MEMS microphones from Knowles and AAC Technologies • Multi-microphone trend brings out fiercer competition! – When using 2 or more MEMS microphones in the cell phone, players prefer to buy them from different companies: it is always better to have a second source or a third source • Players are trying their best to reduce cost and improve performance to be differentiated from others – At the chipset level (Audience, Wolfson…), competition could also increase iPhone 4S: 2 mics from AAC and Knowles iPhone 5: 3 mics from AAC Knowles and ADI iPhone 5S: 3 mics from AAC Knowles
  8. 8. © 2014• 8 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report Knowles is Still Leader but Competition Intensifies
  9. 9. © 2014• 9 Yole Developpement SA – Copyright 2014 - All right reserved. MEMS microphone report $785M 61% 13% 8% 7% 5% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% Global MEMS Microphone Market Share in Value ($M) 2013 Knowles A B C D E F G … … … … … Yole développement © February 2014 Global market share in 2013Global market share in 2013
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