The MEMS Executive Congress (Nov 2 to 3, 2011) held in Monterey, CA was filled with optimistic and rosy views of the future for MEMS. This year’s event attracted 225 attendees – a 25% increase. There were companies in attendance that covered the breadth of the MEMS supply chain: MEMS vendors, manufacturing equipment, materials suppliers, modeling, tools, etc. Large and small players alike were represented.
Semico Research presented on the panel featuring market analysts. The consensus on the panel and by many in the audience is that MEMS is a high growth market being driven by high volume applications in consumer electronics, most notably smart phones. Semico brought a fresh new perspective. MEMS are becoming more main stream. The market dynamics for MEMS will more closely resemble the rest of the semiconductor market. The high volume consumer market is a commodity market. Therefore, the MEMS market needs to develop a more cohesive ecosystem. This would allow companies to leverage standard processes and tools for volume production. This will reduce costs and speed up time to market.