comment on this article

iPhone and iPad sales drive growth in MEMS microphone market

The top four suppliers of MEMS microphones in 2012 were those that provided devices for Apple, IHS iSuppli has revealed.

Taking the number one spot was Knowles Electronics, followed by AAC, Analog Devices and Goertek.

Together, the above companies acheived combined revenue of $513million, equivalent to 88% of total MEMS microphone industry revenue of $583m.

Jérémie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst for MEMS & sensors at IHS, says the findings once again demonstrate Apple's power to ordain winners in the electronics supply chain.

He commented: "Microphones continue to be one of the best success stories in MEMS, with mobile device manufacturers adding increasing numbers of these devices to their phones to support advanced features, such as voice command and noise suppression.

"Multiple microphones are now being adopted in smartphones to cancel ambient sounds - crucial for handsets when carrying out voice command systems, such as Apple's Siri. Apple has led the way in the adoption of MEMS microphone technology, and has steadily added the number of devices used in each of its mobile products, compelling competitors to follow suit."

Author
Laura Hopperton

Comment on this article


Websites

http://www.isuppli.com/

Companies

iSuppli

This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team.

Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read...

What you think about this article:


Add your comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

Embedded World 2016

Be it security for electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Internet ...

Get to market faster

A quick look at using Vicor's PFM and AIM in VIA packaging for your AC to Point ...

Custom MMIC design

Plextek RFI CEO Liam Devlin discusses the technical and commercial ...

Between the layers

ZofzPCB is a free 3D Gerber viewer that allows designers to see inside the ...

Interesting times

It has certainly been an interesting year for chip giant Qualcomm. Revenues are ...