WTC Forecasts RF MEMS Components Market to Grow to Over $1.1 Billion

11/28/2005 - RF MEMS components are rapidly living up to their promise, according to a new market study from WTC covering the 2005-2009 period.

According to the new updated report, the market for RF MEMS components was $126 million in 2004, confirming WTC's forecast from 2002. It is forecasted to grow rapidly in the next few years to over $1.1 billion in 2009. In addition, the market will accelerate quickly in the period 2007 through 2009 as full-scale production starts for the majority of RF MEMS components.

The major part of the market in 2004 was for bulk acoustic wave (BAW) devices, which include duplexers and filters for mobile phones. This product will continue to dominate and constitute around 40% of the total market in 2009.

MEMS switches and micro-mechanical resonators will also offer interesting opportunities in both volume and high-end markets as issues with reliability, packaging and CMOS integration are solved. The main development effort is no longer on the RF MEMS component side but now requires designers to develop novel architectures that fully leverage the potential of RF MEMS.

Currently, the bulk of the RF MEMS market services mobile telephony applications, with BAW duplexers and filters supplied largely by Agilent and Infineon. A second mass market will emerge for consumer and IT applications in 2006/2007 with micro-mechanical resonators. "There are great opportunities for spin-off applications in consumer and IT sectors following the initial focus on telecom applications," said the report's author, Jérémie Bouchaud. "Here, micro-mechanical resonators will be used not as filters, rather as timing devices."

Outside of mass markets, RF Test and Automated Test Equipment (ATE) offer the best opportunities, followed by military applications.

More than 60 companies are currently involved in RF MEMS manufacturing, and around a quarter are shipping commercial products or samples in 2005.

The new study details applications, requirements and markets for RF MEMS switches, tunable capacitors, BAW devices including Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators (FBAR) and Solidly Mounted Resonators (SMR), in addition to micro-mechanical resonators, MEMS inductors and cavity resonators.

WTC's comprehensive report features a wealth of information to support manufacturers of RF MEMS components and system designers with strategic planning and business development. The study profiles 60 companies and breaks down the market for each component and application covering the period 2004 to 2009. The report will be available in November 2005.

About WTC
WTC - Wicht Technologie Consulting provides market intelligence, strategic consulting and business development support for the microsystems, microelectronics and nanotechnology industries. The company has gained an international reputation for its in-depth knowledge and ability to explain the technical, economic and competitive issues that influence supply and demand in these rapidly changing industries.

For more information or to purchase this report, please contact:

Jérémie Bouchaud
WTC - Wicht Technologie Consulting
Munich, Germany
+49 89 207 026 020

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