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MEMS Microphones Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

MEMS Microphones Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • September 2021
  • 137 pages
  • ID: 6155693
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP


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The MEMS Microphone Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.33% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. The application of MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology to microphones has led to the development of small microphones with very high performance. MEMS microphones offer high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), low power consumption, good sensitivity and are available in very small packages that are fully compatible with surface mount assembly processes. MEMS microphones exhibit almost no change in performance after reflow soldering and have exceptional temperature characteristics.

Key Highlights
The expanding adoption of Voice-enabled smart assistants boosted the adoption rate of the MEMS microphone. Despite the increased adoption of smart speakers with voice control capabilities, the majority of voice assistant usage is expected to occur on smartphones, in contrast to in-home devices. Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) estimates that over 5 billion assistants will be installed on smartphones worldwide by 2022.?
Further, a recent survey conducted by Accenture revealed that more than 50% of internet users use digital voice assistants globally. India leads the way with an adoption rate of 72%. The adoption in the country is expected to increase further as the users reported a 97% satisfaction rate.? With the various benefits that the MEMS microphone has over the conventional microphones, voice assistance solutions are more likely to adopt the MEMS microphone as the solution for voice recognition capabilities.
Increasing smartphone penetration? is driving the market. Advanced MEMS microphones have the capability to enhance the audio experience in smartphones and portable computers. The adoption of highly featured smartphones has led to the usage of more than one microphone per phone for audio processing such as echo and noise cancellation, wind noise filtering, beam steering, 3D sound, and other interesting effects.?
Emerging nations such as India have witnessed the fall of data costs by 95% since 2013, thus resulting in the growth of the number of smartphone users. According to ASSOCHAM, the number of smartphone users in the country is expected to almost double from 468 million users in 2017 to reach 859 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 12.9%.
Further, during the lockdown period, the tech and audio industries are announcing new products due to the Covid-19 impact, and restrictions are starting to be relaxed. Recently the launch of the new RZ-S500W, Panasonic has also announced the Technics EAH-AZ70W true-wireless earphone. This significantly raises the demand for MEMS microphones in this segment. Further, in June 2020, The Indian government has unveiled an INR 50,000 crore scheme to bring electronics manufacturing to the country. This move is aimed at making India a global manufacturing hub for electronics and encouraging investments.

Key Market Trends

Consumer Electronics to Witness Significant Growth

Consumer electronics and accessories are one of the major contributors to the MEMS microphone industry as they have witnessed a significantly increased adoption over the past few years. Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Smart Speakers, Smart TVs, PC Accessories, and Handheld GPS, among others, are considered while evaluating the consumer electronics and accessories segment.?
The small size and advancement in their acoustic properties have enabled MEMS microphones in applications for sharing information by smartphone video or FaceTime. Many consumer electronics enable voice calls or voice commands, as most consumers habitually communicate and control these devices through voice.?
The smartphones and smart speaker manufacturers are investing in the MEMS microphone market and are trying to develop their customized modules, to gain a competitive advantage.? For instance, Asia-based Goertek Inc. and AAC Technologies, and US-based Knowles were the major suppliers of MEMS microphones to Apple Inc. The company’s iPhone X had 4 MEMS microphones: a front-facing top microphone, two front-facing bottom microphones, and a rear-facing top microphone. All four microphones have the same Apple-specific package dimensions but with a different internal structure.?
Further, the increasing demand for smart speakers will also drive the growth of the studied market over the forecast period. For instance, Apple iPhone uses four microphones, and Amazon Echo uses seven microphones. On the development front, Baidu-owned smart speaker brand Xiaodu has been on the rise. A surge in households using smart speakers is observed, and a major shift in consumer habits towards voice has driven the same.
In June 2021, in an effort for improved quality and lower power, TDK has released three new MEMS microphone solutions to enable higher quality and lower power performance for mobile and IoT devices.

North America Accounts to Hold Significant Share

With the already large existing market of consumer electronics in the United States, the MEMS Microphone is going to expect a large number of adoption rates due to the vast smartphone penetration rates in the region. As the smartphone market is one of the most intense adopters of MEMS microphone technology, the adoption rate of the technology is likely to be boosted substantially. The United States is home to one of the largest smartphone manufacturers. Apple has been noted as one of the largest buyers of the technology, incorporating MEMS microphones in various iPhone models.
The United States is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, with one of the highest smartphone penetration rates worldwide(91% of the population owning a smartphone). As a result, the replacement cycle is lengthening, according to the Consumer Technology Association(CTA). Moreover, nearly one in five US adults today has access to a smart speaker, according to a 2020 study from Voicebot.ai. This means that the adoption of these voice-powered devices has grown to 47.3 million US adults in two years – or 20 % of the US adult population.
Further, smart devices manufacturers, like Amazon(Echo), Google (Home), and Sonos(One), among others, are ramping their production as the devices are expected to be installed in around 55% of US households by the year 2022. By that time, over 70 million households are likely to have at least one of these smart speakers in homes, and the total number of installed devices is expected to top 175 million.?
Furthermore, operators in North America are providing connectivity for digital solutions that reduce GHG emissions, such as reducing energy use for travel and transport. For instance, Knowles Electronics, a supplier of advanced micro-acoustic and human interface solutions based in Illinois, enables OEMs to deliver superior audio experiences and natural voice interactions with connected devices, like smart speakers, TVs, connected home devices, wearables, headsets, smartphones, and hear-aids.
Smart devices manufacturers, like Amazon (Echo), Google (Home), and Sonos (One), among others, are ramping their production as the devices are expected to be installed in around half of the US households by 2022. With the advancing technology, smart offices and smart homes are augmenting the demand for consumer electronics products, such as smart TV, smart refrigerator, smart air conditioners, and more.

Competitive Landscape

The MEMS Microphone Market consists of various major players existing in the market. It is viewed as a productive investment due to the huge popularity gained amongst the consumer electronics industry. Large organizations are investing heavily with new expansion and partnerships, along with the new players’ entrance. The market is moving towards fragmented nature due to a large number of new entrants. The existing players are spending increasingly on R&D to achieve product innovations.

April 2021 - Infineon Technologies AG launched the XENSIV IM67D130A, which combines the Company’s automotive knowledge with high-end MEMS microphones to meet the demand for high-performance, low-noise MEMS microphones in automotive applications.
April 2021 - Knowles introduced a new line of Automotive-Grade MEMS microphones, including SPH1878 and SPH9855, which are engineered to a higher standard of quality and supply assurance to support the increasing demands of the automotive market. The microphones follow the AEC-Q100/103 qualification requirements set by the Automotive Electronics Council.
May 2020 - AAC Technologies Holdings announced the opening of a MEMS microphone center in Edinburgh, Scotland, that expands the Company’s global footprint and reinforces its leadership position in the design of next-generation microphone system-level solutions. As a globally focused and internationally diverse company, AAC is committed to developing system-level solutions across the world, wherever talent and expertise can be leveraged.

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