Global MEMS for Mobile Devices Market Size and Share Analysis 2023-2028

Market Overview

MEMS technology encompasses the production and fabrication of miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical components using microfabrication techniques. These components can vary in size from less than one micron to several millimeters.

The market for MEMS in mobile devices is projected to expand from USD 8.6 billion in 2023 to USD 13.1 billion by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.80% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Product Type

Market Research



Release Date

March 2023

Base Year


Forecast Period


Market Size

USD 7.7 billion in 2021

Market Segments

Type of Sensor, Region



No. of Companies Mentioned


The demand for accelerometers and gyroscopes in smartphones is a key driver for the growth of the MEMS market in mobile devices. By 2022, global mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach approximately 8.4 billion, and this number is expected to increase further according to Ericsson forecasts.

One prevailing trend in the market is the focus on reducing power consumption in MEMS devices. This shift aligns with changing consumer preferences for faster charging speeds, shorter charging times, and improved charging optimization in smart mobile devices. These devices are designed to consume less power, resulting in faster charging capabilities.

Additionally, as smartphones are increasingly utilized for imaging applications, MEMS sensors enable optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The integration of these features and innovative functionalities further drives the growth of MEMS sensors in smart mobile devices during the forecast period.

The global market trends are also influenced by the commercialization of 5G technology. The transition to 5G stimulates the demand for advanced mobile devices. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report released in November 2022, 5G mobile subscriptions are projected to reach 5 billion by the end of 2028. Furthermore, 5G network coverage is expected to reach 85%, with 5G networks carrying approximately 70% of mobile traffic. These developments fuel the demand for RF MEMS, particularly RF filters to accommodate the increased number of bands required by 5G.

However, the market faces challenges as MEMS companies have limited access to fabrication facilities or foundries for prototypes and device manufacturing. Additionally, many organizations that could benefit from MEMS technology currently lack the necessary capabilities and expertise to support MEMS fabrication, impacting standardization efforts. These factors are anticipated to hinder the market’s growth.

The impact of COVID-19 on the mobile device market has been moderate. The pandemic has also prompted a reevaluation of the global supply chain in manufacturing, leading to potential shifts towards more localized value chains and regionalization to minimize future risks.

Market Segmentation

The market is segmented based on various factors, including type of sensor and region.

Segmentation by Type of Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor
Accelerometer Sensor
Pressure Sensor
BAW Sensor
Other Types of Sensors

Segmentation by Region
North America
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

The largest segment in terms of sensors is the microphones segment, which accounted for a revenue share of 20.46% in 2022. It is projected to reach USD 2,656 million by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% during the forecast period. The fingerprint sensor segment has been identified as the fastest-growing segment, with a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. In the market under study, MEMS microphones are observed to detect acoustic waves using a flexible membrane. These microphones target various audio applications where small size, high sound quality, reliability, and affordability are essential requirements. The importance of microphone technology is increasing as audio applications and features continue to expand. Voice interaction is expected to replace buttons as an intuitive way for users to interact with their environment. Voice controllers are already being incorporated into new smartphone launches, emphasizing the growing role of microphones in the market. Additionally, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted two areas where high-performance microphones can play a crucial role: online meetings with high-quality audio and health tracking. Microsoft’s announcement of over 115 million daily active users on its Teams platform further demonstrates the increased usage of microphones in the studied market. These microphones employ capacitive technology to measure sound, with capacitive MEMS microphones measuring the capacitance between a flexible micro-scale membrane and a fixed backplate. Market vendors are also striving to capture market shares through innovation and the introduction of new products. For example, DB Hi Tek successfully developed a high-performance microphone based on MEMS, featuring a signal-to-noise ratio of 65 dB.

The market for MEMS in mobile devices is driven by the increasing acceptance of the miniaturization trend. As end devices become smaller in size, manufacturers seek to upgrade their technology to capitalize on the benefits. With the growing number of sensors in mobile devices, the demand for smaller MEMS is necessary to meet design factors. Mobile devices incorporate various sensors like proximity sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, fingerprint sensors, ambient light sensors, compasses, hall effect sensors, barometers, and others. The miniaturization and improved acoustic properties of MEMS microphones have facilitated information sharing through smartphone videos. MEMS microphones are also valuable for active noise cancellation, providing a seamless audio experience during long-distance flights or while listening to music. Vendors worldwide are focused on further reducing the size of MEMS to enhance cost benefits. Manufacturers of MEMS sensors aim to reduce their size to meet the demand for smaller mobile devices. For instance, SiTime’s SiT15xx MEMS oscillators are available in chip-scale packages (CSPs) measuring 1.5 x 0.8 x 0.55 mm, reducing the footprint by up to 85% compared to standard SMD XTAL packages. The continuous miniaturization of accelerometers has led to smaller packages and lower costs. Next-generation micro-accelerometers with ultra-small dimensions and high sensitivity are required for areas where traditional sensors are inefficient. Nano Electromechanical Systems (NEMS)-based accelerometers utilizing graphene offer significantly smaller die areas compared to conventional silicon MEMS accelerometers while retaining competitive sensitivities. These trends in device miniaturization drive the demand for MEMS in mobile devices. Innovators in the market recognize the need to add more power, reduce costs, and save space to meet consumer demands for high-performance devices.

In terms of geography, the Asia-Pacific region represents both the largest and fastest-growing segment, accounting for a revenue share of 54.84% in 2022. It is anticipated to reach USD 7,647 million by 2028, with a CAGR of 9.9% during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific market for smartphones has been significant due to the rapidly developing telecom sector and a large customer base. Countries like China, India, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea are investing in their domestic telecom markets, further driving the market in the region. Setting up production centers in the Asia-Pacific region is attractive for companies due to easy access to raw materials and low setup and labor costs. The growing demand for mobile phones and other consumer electronics products in countries such as India, China, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore encourages many companies to establish factories in the Asia-Pacific region. China, in particular, has seen a significant increase in 5G phone shipments, with over 266 million units shipped in 2021, a 63.5% increase compared to the previous year. The adoption of fingerprint technology for unlocking smartphones has also driven the need for MEMS sensors, as it offers enhanced security compared to traditional password-based methods. Fingerprint sensing technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in consumer electronics, particularly in smartphones and tablets, due to its popularity and ability to recognize unique features on an individual’s fingertips.

Competitive Landscape

The market for MEMS is characterized by the presence of major vendors with extensive capabilities for both backward and forward integration, resulting in substantial revenue generation potential. The level of competition in the market is moderately high, and indications suggest that it may intensify in the future.

Key Companies Profiled in this report include Analog Devices Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH, STMicroelectronics NV, TDK Corporation, Goertek Inc., Knowles Corporation, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., Memsic Inc., BSE Co. Ltd.

Recent Industry Developments

December 2022: Knowles has introduced a range of new balanced armatures and MEMS microphones specifically designed for over-the-counter hearing aids. These new products offer enhanced performance and design flexibility, enabling faster production of hearing health devices. The lineup includes three full-range balanced armature receivers and two updated MEMS microphones, meeting the rigorous design and acoustic performance requirements of modern hearing aids.

November 2022: Bosch has entered into a strategic partnership with Hahn-Schickard, a leading microsystems design house, to jointly develop MEMS micro speakers for audio and voice-based applications. This collaboration allows Bosch to expand its expertise in MEMS micro speakers, further strengthening its position as a top-tier manufacturer of sensor solutions for consumer electronics. Additionally, the partnership positions Bosch as a key player in the mobile and audio-based applications market.

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