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MEMS Microphones: the race for performance is about to resume

December 08, 2015  | Subscribers Only

Jérémie Bouchaud Jérémie Bouchaud Senior Director, MEMS & Sensors

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IHS has raised some concern about the health of the MEMS microphone market over the last 12 months as the price of the high performance MEMS microphone segment dropped significantly in 2014 and 2015. IHS raised its forecast again in its last MEMS microphone report for two reasons.

  • First, the new iPhone is using a fourth MEMS microphone. This event takes place earlier than expected by IHS and this boost the shipment of MEMS microphones not only for the iPhone but also for the rest of the high end smartphone segment since other OEMs will follow beyond Microsoft and Motorola which already had some models with 4 four microphones.
  • Second, IHS noticed an acceleration of the innovation towards higher performance MEMS microphones. This will help slowing down the price erosion.

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