MEMS in the Mainstream – Music to my Ears
For the second year in a row, MEMS Industry Group (MIG) was host to the Sensors Expo Pre-Conference Symposium, and this year’s theme was “MEMS in the Mainstream: Commercialization and Product Realization – Leveraging the MEMS Infrastructure.” I felt like a bandmaster—not trying to make the music, just trying to get the band with all its different instruments, rhythms and tones to harmonize.
It’s not a simple piece to orchestrate because when you talk about commercialization and product realization and leveraging the MEMS infrastructure – you are talking about lots of different perspectives from equipment vendors to materials’ suppliers, from foundries to device manufacturers (some captive-fab, some fab-lite, some fabless), as well as from end-users and OEMs. Each of these “bands” has its own instrument, its own sheet music, its own style and its own “special sauce.” You can see where I am going with this analogy. Like in music, MEMS can either work like a 10-piece orchestra in total sync and harmony, or it can sound like something the cat dragged in!