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Is MEMS Design Holding Back MEMS Growth?

Via EDA company Cadence’s community blog: Bringing MEMS Design To The Mainstream.

The article states that some factors are needed for a greater use of MEMS as a component in systems–standard MEMS design flows, integration between MEMS and EDA software tools, standard MEMS foundry processes. Interesting stuff. What do you think, MEMSbloggers? Would this spark a “tiny revolution” in MEMS adoption?

Read the full blog post and share your thoughts.

BSAC Spring IAB Meeting Trip Report: It’s the System, Stupid

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

It was my honor and pleasure to be a guest at Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center’s (BSAC) Spring IAB meeting March 10-12, 2010. Every year in March and September, BSAC’s industrial members, faculty, and BSAC researchers meet at the UC Berkeley campus for the three day IAB Meeting. Each day of the meeting presents different opportunities to learn about and discuss BSAC research. (View my Powerpoint slides on the MIG website.) Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010 Wrap-up

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Wrap-up, Thursday 11 March 2010

Strolling in Old Town Scottsdale last night after an excellent dinner at Bandera (go early – seems to fill-up quickly after the ballgames let out) I pass the Italian Grotto, a Frank Sinatra-friendly kind of place with good recorded jazz spilling out onto the sidewalk.

So, with apologies to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, to Paul Anka, to the French songwriting team who originally composed “Comme d’Habitude,” and with a nod to The King, here’s my IMAPS Device Packaging 2010 version of “My Way.”  Sing along if you know the tune! Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010, Day 2

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Day 2, Tuesday 09 March 2010

Cactus league games cancelled by baseball-sized hail

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Scottsdale, AZ — Spring cactus league games were cancelled in the Valley of the Sun today due to baseball-sized hail.  Indoor activities, including IMAPS Device Packaging 2010, were unaffected. Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Day 1, Monday 08 March 2010, Morning

It’s not supposed to rain in Scottsdale, is it?  Or have I come to the wrong place?

Oh well, when life gives you heavy rain, why not make rainbows? Continue reading

Yole Développement Releases Annual Ranking of MEMS Companies

Yole Développement: Top 30 MEMS Companies

Yole Développement recently published its annual ranking of the top 30 MEMS companies based on 2009 sales revenue — and it’s heartening to see so many MEMS Industry Group members represented among them. Continue reading

Trip Report: Fab Owners Association 1st Quarter Meeting

Contributed by Monica Takacs, Director of Marketing and Membership, MEMS Industry Group

On February 11, I visited sunny Arizona for the Fab Owners Association’s quarterly meeting hosted by Microchip, a provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. Microchip also provided attendees with a fab tour–an impressive facility and very interesting for me to see, because I don’t come from a manufacturing background. Continue reading

MEMS Enabling New Features, Better Performance for Mobile Devices at Mobile World Congress 2010

Whether it’s a new netbook, iPad, or smartphone that has your eye, almost everyone seems to crave sort of mobile information and communication device right now. Here’s just a couple of MEMS-related announcements from Mobile World Congress 2010, going on right now in Barcelona: Continue reading

HP Finds Novel Use for MEMS Inkjet Printhead Technology

HP and Shell are working together to re-purpose HP’s MEMS technology for use in oil drilling and exploration (Drilling with print heads: Shell and HP develop seismic sensor system – 15/02/2010 – Computer Weekly). Continue reading

Trip Report: ASME nEMB 2010 Conference – Part II

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

For part I of this post, see Trip Report: ASME nEMB 2010 Conference – Part I.

The conference began on February 7 with a day-long program/tutorial on nanomedicine, which I heard was an impressive program focused on graduate and undergraduate engineering students. I attended the programs on February 8 &9, kicked off with a keynote from Dr.Andrew Eschenbach, Former Director of the National Cancer Institute and former FDA Commissioner. Dr. Eschenbach’s presentation was remarkable in that he focused the audience to not go into nanomedicine for the glory of it, but simply to improve the quality of life of humankind. Continue reading


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