MEMS market to reach $6 billion by 2016 -

The market for MEMS, or micro electro mechanical systems, is expected to race past the $6 billion mark as early as 2016, according to a report.

Juniper Research, which wrote the report, says that inertial sensor adoption - including accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers - have all found their place in the market thanks to advanced gaming and navigation applications. Because of the demand, they have become necessary in all smartphones and tablets.

The development of MEMS sensors will eventually be an "important differentiator" for mobile manufacturers in the future, because the build and quality of the devices will enable different capabilities and functions.

Juniper divides MEMS into three different categories in its report, those already deployed, like accelerometers and gyroscopes, MEMS which are currently being deployed, like displays, RF devices, pressure sensors and microphones, and future applications like joysticks, temperature sensors, speakers and pico projectors.

Author Nitin Bhas said that there are "lots of additional functionalities that smartphones and tablets will pick up over time and those capabilities have already started to appear, such as stabilisation control".

Vendors will begin using high quality audio input and integrating multiple microphones, which should push the number of MEMS microphones in mobile devices to reach past the 2 billion mark in 2016.

Juniper also says that manufacturers have been ramping their production in RF MEMS, which signifies that they will soon be found in "most products" designed for use in the wireless market.

TechEye will be heading to MEMS Executive Congress Europe this March to cover the opportunities in the industry.