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

Panelists:

Register today for MEMS Executive Congress

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.

If you have not registered yet, you can do so via the link below:

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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.

Register today at www.memscongress.com

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.

Industry leaders scheduled to speak at the iNEMI MEMS Workshop

MEMS Workshop: Needs & Opportunities

September 15-16 (following the EMPC 2011 Conference)

Hilton Metropole Brighton, UK

Organized by iNEMI

Supported by MEMS Industry Group (MIG)

ST Microelectronics’ Benedetto Vigna, Group Vice President and General Manager of ST Microelectronics’ (STM, ST) MEMS, Sensors, and High-Performance Analog Division, will deliver keynote at iNEMI MEMS workshop

Thought leaders from the electronics industry and research community will come together this September to tackle the challenges of developing and adopting MEMS technologies. Make plans now to join the discussion.

This meeting is intended to set the priorities and direction for future industry-led collaborative programs. Your participation will enable you to help set this agenda for the electronics industry.

Join speakers from: Bosch, Coventor, Fraunhofer IZM, imec, iNEMI, Léti, Tronics Group,

Yole Développement and more as we:

• Identify the major technology areas where the electronics industry has the greatest potential impact on improving the reliability, testability, performance, and cost of MEMS–based solutions.

• For the high-priority challenges, identify and begin to define collaborative projects that iNEMI and other organizations can develop that will either partially or fully address the technology and supply chain gaps requiring electronics industry leadership.

• Form action groups to define and execute the required industrial collaborative programs.

• Define research and development needs to support these programs.

Registration

(Fees listed are in US dollars.)

• iNEMI members: free

• MIG members: $250 (contact Kacey Wherley for coupon code) at kwherley@memsindustrygroup.org

• Non-members: $350

Register now http://www.inemi.org/node/2113

For more information http://www.inemi.org/events/mems-workshop

MEMS Executive Congress Sponsorships are Hot!

Thanks to overwhelming demand for MEMS Executive Congress sponsorships, MIG is pleased to announce a new Bronze category of sponsorship for the November 2011 event in Monterey, CA.  Included with the Bronze sponsorship is one complimentary pass to MEMS Executive Congress, inclusion of your company in pre and post event press releases and marketing materials, signage, event web site and program. For complete details and benefits, please visit the MEMS Executive Congress web site.  There is a special discount for MIG members and returning sponsors from Congress 2010.

We have several press releases, advisories and marketing activities planned for the next few weeks, so you are strongly encouraged to contact MIG if you are interested in the Bronze sponsorship or any of the other remaining sponsorship spots. You’ll get more “bang for your buck” if you sign up now, rather than sign up just before the Congress. And yes, to answer your question, we have sold the Restroom Sponsor!

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. For complete information, please visit www.memscongress.com.

Explore “MEMS Sensor Fusion/Sensor Networks”

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

As engineers combine MEMS devices with integrated circuits to create feature-rich heterogeneous environments, embedded systems have become more complex. Now smartphones may include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, silicon microphones, RF MEMS, and even micro-displays, to produce a “full package” of intelligence for end-user applications. These new systems require “sensor fusion,” which intelligently combines data, software and processing from different sensors (including MEMS). And while consumer products and automotive systems top the list for high-volume MEMS consumption, biomedical/healthcare, industrial and energy increasingly use MEMS technology as well.

The panel will discuss the critical issues affecting MEMS systems integration such as: What is the future of “MEMS sensor fusion”—integrating MEMS with ICs and software in the same application (and even the same package) while meeting or exceeding cost, power and performance requirements? How are MEMS sensors producing more intelligent, and pervasive, wireless networks? How might technologies such as Hewlett-Packard’s “Central Nervous System of the Earth” (CeNSE) change our information infrastructure—and what is its potential impact on society?

Featured Speakers

Moderator: Michael Jamiolkowski, President & CEO, Coventor

Panelists:

Please join us Thursday, November 3, 2011, 1:45-2:30 p.m., for the panel, MEMS Sensor Fusion/Sensor Networks, at the seventh annual MEMS Executive Congress.

Register today for MEMS Executive Congress

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.

If you have not registered yet, you can do so via the link below:

Register Now

For more information, please visit www.memscongress.com.

Karen’s blog from MFG 2011

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

JUST DO IT. If I had to sum up the sense of urgency/energy at the Workshop on Future Technologies for Micro/Nano Manufacturing, that is the phrase I would use. The workshop, organized by the Transducer Research Foundation (TRF) and held in paradise/Silverado Resort in Napa, CA, was packed to the gills with 200 attendees. The audience was mainly academic and government, with a smattering of industry (many of whom are MIG members). But as with any three-legged stool, if two legs are longer than the third, the stool is not stable. And that is why we need to change, we need to act, we need to JUST DO IT.

If you are interested in seeing my notes from MFG 2011, let me know and I’ll send you them (and you’ll get to see my strange spellings/abbreviations). But since it’s summertime and the pool is beckoning, I’ll try to summarize some of the key takeaways from the three-day workshop as best I can.

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MEMS in Vegas, Baby

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has a new dance partner—and we’re it! For the first time, MEMS has an official home at CES. MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is pleased to host the brand-new MEMS TechZone and the only MEMS conference program at CES 2012.

MEMS TechZone is a new area of the show floor for companies that are driving the adoption of this exciting technology in mobile phones, game consoles, tablet PCs and other hot consumer-electronic devices. MIG will co-exhibit with several members including Bosch/Bosch Sensortec/Akustica, VTI Technologies and WiSpry. Please contact Karen Lightman if you are interested in co-exhibiting opportunities.

Plan to visit the MEMS TechZone at the LVCC, South Hall 2—and join us for a panel on consumer devices enabled by MEMS which you will NOT want to miss on Wednesday January 12 at 11:30 am in room N254, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register in advance for a special discount!

Stay tuned for more MIG news on MEMS programs/events at CES 2012.

MIG at CES 2012 - MEMS Tech ZoneMEMS TechZone
LVCC, South Hall 2
Sponsor(s): MEMS Industry Group (MIG)

www.cesweb.org/showFloor/techzones.asp#5320

Best Regards,

Karen Lightman
Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
klightman@memsindustrygroup.org, 412-390-1644 work phone; 412-725-6725 mobile