MEMS Sensors Fab Capacity Set To Bulge

By Mat Dirjish

As per research firm SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Fab Report to 2023, global MEMS and sensors fab capacity is set to grow by 25% through 2023. Total worldwide installed capacity for MEMS and sensors fabs is forecast to grow to 4.7-million wafers per month from 2018 to 2023. The upswing is attributed to accelerating demands placed by communications, transportation, medical, mobile, industrial, and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The report is considered to be the first of its kind focused on MEMS and sensors front end facilities. Listing more than 230 companies with over 400 facilities, the report covers 12 years starting in 2012 and predicts that MEMS fabs will account for 46% of all MEMS and sensors facilities by 2023. Other findings include:

  • Image sensors fabs will represent 40% of the total, and other fabs, the ones producing both MEMS and image sensors, will account for the remaining 14%.
  • Japan led the world in MEMS and sensors capacity in 2018, followed by Taiwan, the Americas, and Europe/Mideast.
  • China is on track to rise from the sixth position this year to the third largest region in installed capacity by 2023.
  • Japan and Taiwan are expected to maintain the top two positions through 2023.
  • Fab equipment investments are hovering at about $4 billion per year from 2018 to 2023, with most of the estimated 70% spending devoted to fabs for image sensors made on 300-mm wafer sizes.
  • Japan’s fab equipment investment is expected to peak at nearly $2 billion in 2020 with Taiwan topping out at $1.6 billion in 2023.

For more details, request a sample of the MEMS & Sensors Fab Report to 2023.