Smartphones drive MEMS sensor sales

Makers of micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors are set to enjoy a $3.1 billion (€2.3 billion) rise in sales to smartphone makers over the next five years, ABI Research predicts.
The firm forecasts revenues from sales of sensors to smartphone makers will grow from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $4.4 billion in 2017, making the devices the largest consumer of the sensors in the market.
Senior analyst Josh Flood says the rise in sales will be fuelled by consumer demand for intuitive smartphones. “Sensors make this possible – from changing the device orientation view to turning or tilting the device while playing a game.”
Accelerometers are currently the most commonly deployed MEMS sensors in smartphones, which ABI states will be deployed in four out of five devices this year. Despite that, the firm predicts gyroscopes will generate the most revenue in 2012 – some $350 million.