The mobile phone market is revealed as being the largest consumer of MEMS microphones as popular consumer applications require them in their new designs.
A new report ‘MEMS Microphones’ released by Electronics.CA. Publications predicts the market will experience rapid growth between 2011-2016. It is estimated by 2013, shipments will increase to over one billion units and more than two billion units by 2016.
MEMS microphones, the study explains, are widely used in applications such as mobile phones and laptops, and more and more mobile phones are now using two or more MEMS microphones for Active Noise Cancellation (ANS).
Other consumer applications such as laptops and camcorders for example are using multiple MEMS microphones to have the multidirectional function.
The penetration of MEMS microphones in the iPhone 4 and other smart phones has boosted this product’s presence in the market.
Market leading manufacturers include Knowles who is the leader with more than 80 percent of the market share, along with AAC Acoustic Technologies, Hosiden and BSE.
It will be more and more important for manufacturers to access the MEMS microphone original design.
The IP rights and packaging patents are critical for manufacturers to achieve performance and cost challenges as the industry becomes more competitive.
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