The MEMS Microphone Market was valued at USD 1.354 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 2.702 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 12.2% over the forecast period 2020 - 2025. 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.
- 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 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 to 859 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 12.9%.
- Further, during the lockdown period due to Covid-19 impact and restrictions are starting to be relaxed, the tech and audio industries are announcing new products. 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 is one of the major industries where MEMS microphones have witnessed a significant 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 scope of the studied segment.
- The small size and advancement in their acoustic properties have enabled MEMS microphone in applications, for sharing information by smartphone video or FaceTime. Many of the consumer electronics are enabling voice calls or voice commands, as most of the consumers are habitually communicating and controlling these devices through voice.
- Therefore, many of these smartphones and smart speaker manufacturers are investing in the MEMS microphone market and are trying to develop their customized module, 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. The smart speakers market is estimated to cross USD 27 billion, globally, by 2022.
- Also, as compared to the analog MEMS microphones, the digital ones can shut out more signal interferences, thereby, making them ideal for devices ranging from smart speakers and thermostats to wearables and headphones. In August 2019, Vesper Technologies launched its piezoelectric digital microphone, VM3000, for 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.
- With 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). Further, the smartphone units are expected to decline in 2019, reaching 165.5 million units or a 2% decrease from 2018. However, as 2019 and beyond marks the launch of first 5G smartphones (by US-based manufacturers including Apple), 5G-enabled devices are forecasted to reach 2.1 million units, according to CTA.
- Moreover, nearly one in five US adults today has access to a smart speaker, according to the latest 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.
The MEMS Microphone Market consists of various major players existing in the market. It is being viewed as a productive investment due to the huge amount of popularity gained amongst the consumer electronics industry. Large organizations are investing heavily with new expansion and partnership, 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 the R&D to achieve product innovations.
- 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,
- November 2019 - Knowles Corporation expanded its partnership with GN Store Nord A/S across its intelligent hearing solutions product lines. This expanded relationship highlights the benefits that GN attains through its significant investment in intellectual property, to develop innovative and differentiated solutions and best-in-class manufacturing. As a result, GN has selected Knowles as a key supplier of balanced armature speakers and MEMS microphones for GN Hearing’s, continuing the leading-edge technology platforms.
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