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Scottsdale, Ariz. — High-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR reports that optical MEMS are extremely well suited to products that demand high-quality imaging and/or use lasers, and where their small form factor can open the door to new market opportunities. As a result, sales of optical MEMS, into segments other than telecommunications, are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8 percent over the next five years.
Despite the fact that next-generation imaging systems and optical networking both use MEMS mirrors, the architectures required for displays are quite dissimilar from those used for optical switching. As such, the companies involved in optical MEMS (beyond telecom) are very different from those that have made a name for themselves in optical networking.
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
- The biggest application for optical MEMS is a variety of display subsystems — including those that are portable, integrated and wearable. Other areas benefiting from these devices include bar code scanning, adaptive optics systems and commercial printing, to name just a few.
- Much of the real movement of optical MEMS into markets beyond telecom has occurred only very recently. While mirror arrays have made the biggest splash to date, deformable mirrors and micro lens arrays have been quietly moving into the market.