Monthly Archives: September 2011

Survey: The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

Submitted by The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center, is working on a project to better understand the state of the micro-nano based industry technician workforce. The goal of the project is to enable our center to best support Community Colleges’ efforts to start micro-nano technology programs that use SCME developed curricula.

One output of this project will be a map of locations of the related, hi-tech industries relative to their local Community Colleges so we can identify which are in a greater need for our programs. It will also allow us to have a picture of the hiring trend of various in order to support the Community Colleges decision to embrace such a program.  Click here to view an early version of the map to date.  As you can see, we have come a long way with creating a general map; now we need to use it to create value!

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MEMS News Update

The Changing Landscape of MEMS Foundry Models: Understanding In-house, Fab-lite and Fabless

MEMS Executive Congress 2011

November 2-3, 2011
Monterey Plaza Resort & Spa
An annual executive forum promoting the commercialization of MEMS

“One size fits all” just does not apply in MEMS manufacturing. Heterogeneous models—in-house, fab-lite and fabless—offer flexible approaches to the varied requirements of MEMS fabrication, empowering companies to make the choices that will keep them competitive.

At the seventh annual MEMS Executive Congress , our panel of global MEMS fabrication business leaders will boldly explore the diverse approaches to manufacturing MEMS. Where are we today, how did we get here, and where are we going? What is driving this new era of fab-lite and fabless manufacturing and why do some companies make the choice to keep their fab in-house? And, how do variables such as current processes, price and time-to-market pressures, and the need for flexibility affect a foundry’s strategy?

Representing very different perspectives on the manufacturing spectrum, our panelists will offer candid opinions on how to come out a winner in this increasingly competitive and revenue-generating market.

Please join us Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:00-10:45 a.m., for the panel, MEMS Foundry Models—In-House, Fab-Lite, Fabless.

Featured Speakers

Moderator: Nancy Fares, President & CEO, Micralyne


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As a business rather than a technical conference, MEMS Executive Congress provides a unique forum for MEMS solution providers and OEM integrators to exchange ideas and information during panel discussions and networking events. This truly unique two-day event is the year’s must-attend conference for the entire MEMS supply chain.

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VIP Discounted Admissions Announced by Roger Grace for his MEMS Session at Sensors Tech Forum Boston October 10, 2011

MEMS Enabled High-Volume Commercialization Opportunities Presentations and Barriers to Commercialization Panel to Be Featured in All-Day Session

Naples, FL –September 12, 2011— Roger Grace, President of Roger Grace Associates, the leading firm specializing in MEMS marketing consulting has announced the availability of VIP discounted admission to his all-day MEMS session as well as for the full technical program at the Sensors Tech Forum.  Access to the VIP admission discount can be obtained by going to the Roger Grace Associates website…  Mr. Grace organized, will present and will chair a technical session at the inaugural meeting of the SENSORS Tech Forum.  The all-day pre-conference session on Monday, October 10 will address MEMS-Enabled High Volume Commercialization Opportunities. Mr. Grace will be joined by 14 other world recognized leaders in the MEMS area representing organizations from the US, Europe and Asia to present information on commercialization issues, current research and development activities, and application opportunities for MEMS and MEMS-based systems.  Mr. Grace will also make presentations on MEMS-Based Systems Solutions and in the panel discussion addressing Barriers to the Successful Commercialization of MEMS.  The exhibition and technical conference will take place at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston Massachusetts from October 10-12, 2011.

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Meet your new business partner at MEMS Executive Congress!

November 2-3, 2011 | Monterey, California | Monterey Plaza Resort and Spa

In addition to all the great content, MEMS Executive Congress also provides attendees plenty of networking time throughout the event that enables interaction among peers in a fun and casual environment.

Wednesday Evening, November 2 – Dinner in the Open Sea Wing at the Monterey Aquarium.

Sea Turtle Monterey Bay AquariumSit by the largest window in North America and enjoy a fish-eye view of the sharks, tunas and sea turtles while chatting about that day’s panel of MEMS market analysts and their forecasts.  Take a stroll and drift away with the jellies as you sample delicacies and finger foods.

Thursday Evening, November 3 – Dinner at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Dinner will be served at the host hotel, located on Cannery Row, the historic site of now-defunct sardine canning factories made famous by John Steinbeck. You’ll view the beautiful Monterey Bay while dining and exchanging conversation about the future of the MEMS industry.After dinner, we’ll continue with libations at the lobby bar. Drinks are sponsored by Coventor. Networking

Friday Morning, November 4– Golf Outing Sponsored by Lam Research

Networking The networking opportunities don’t have to end on Thursday. Join us for a golf outing at Pacific Groves Golf Links. Situated on the tip of the scenic Monterey Peninsula just 2.5 miles away from the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, this historic 18-hole golf course overlooks Point Pinos and the Pacific Ocean and features both parkland and links-style nines.

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In its seventh year, MEMS Executive Congress is the executive conference that connects the MEMS supply chain with MEMS end-users. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities, MEMS Executive Congress creates an intimate forum for decision-makers to grow the global MEMS market.

MEMS News Update

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