By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
Last we met, I told you about the uber-amazing QoL enabled by MEMS symposium I hosted at Microtech and I alluded to the upcoming Analog Devices site visit up in Wilmington, MA. Well, I have toured several cleanrooms in my time and I’ve seen a lot of factories. But let this be a challenge to those who would like to further impress me – because, honey – the folks at Analog Devices have it “goin’ on” in the world of MEMS device manufacturing.
As the guest of Mark Martin, VP and GM for the Micromachine Products Division (or should I clarify that I actually invited myself?), I was invited to tour the ADI fab with Geoff Ward (Director of Operations). As I told Geoff during the 1.5-hour tour – thanks to him I felt wicked smarter. I have to admit that while I have worked in the MEMS industry for a decade, thanks to Geoff’s in-depth tour, it all came together and man, it truly made me appreciate why folks say, “making MEMS is hard.” Thank you, Geoff.
I had a ton of fun talking with Rob O’Reilly and Kieran Harney (product line manager – microphones). Between the two of them they can fill a book about the challenges and joys of manufacturing a top-notch device. I was honored to just sit in the room and listen. Thank you.