2010’s MEMS purchase rankings. (click to enlarge)

(Credit:
IHS iSuppli)

Apple’s component purchases during 2010 have put it on top of Nintendo and just behind leader Samsung as the largest buyers of Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, according to a new report by IHS iSuppli.

These tiny components, which include–but are not limited to–accelerometers, gyroscopes and accelerometers, can be found inside a number of Apple’s portable products like iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

“MEMS sensors bought by Apple last year included 3-axis gyroscopes from STMicroelectronics for the
iPhone 4,
iPod Touch, and–toward the end of 2010–the iPad 2
tablet,” the report said. “Apple also bought accelerometers for the above three devices as well as for the iPod nano and MacBook computer.”

All told, IHS iSuppli says Apple spent $195 million on said components, a 116.7 percent increase over last year’s purchases.

The purchasing put Apple on top of Nintendo, which came in third this year with $123 million. That’s an 11.5 percent drop from 2009 when the company topped the list. Nintendo uses similar technologies in its Wii video game console controllers, and 3DS handheld system hardware. J