SANTA BARBARA, Calif., August 29 -- The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) markets are expected to triple between 2000 and 2005, from $3.8 billion to over $11 billion, according to a new report by Peripheral Research Corp. (PRC).
MEMS devices have been used for years as sensors for automotive airbag deployment, inkjet printer heads, and blood-pressure sensors, the report said. During the next few years, the report says, new applications will emerge for MEMS in optical network switches, image sensors, accelerometers, drive-by wire automobile, brake-by-wire automobiles, biochips/DNA analysis, digital TV products, game controllers and data-storage positioning motors
The technology will change from a sensor-based technology today to an actuator technology, with very controlled microscopic movements, according to PRC said, and lower prices along with the new markets will result from production volume. During 2001 the sensor prices were approximately $10 per unit; this is expected to decrease to $1 for the same product in 2005.
For more information or to obtain the 100-page report (cost: $995), call PRC at (805) 563-9720.