Sneak preview of MEMS programs at SEMICON West

Tuesday, July 12
The Future of MEMS: Solutions for Moving from a Niche to a Mainstream Business


Extreme Electronics TechXPOT, South Hall

The maturing technology base, and the fast growing demand for mobile consumer applications, have moved MEMS into the mainstream–and up against consumer market demands for fast ramp to high volumes at low cost.  That means the MEMS market is poised for 16% average compound growth, to become a $14 billion opportunity by 2014, according to Yole Développement, with a host of new applications about to come on stream.  But it also means that  successful companies will be those who figure out how to more efficiently align the traditional one product, one process MEMS business to the current expectations for faster time to market and faster ramp to volume. Leading companies discuss their manufacturing technology solutions.

Session presented in cooperation with MEMS Industry Group
Heterogeneous Integration with MEMS and Sensors


NorthOne TechXPOT, North Hall

With double-digit growth forecasted for the MEMS industry, more MEMS devices and sensors are finding applications into the global market place. Smart phones, handheld gaming devices and consoles, and automotive applications are leading the charge. With devices on the market ranging from pressure sensors, RF-MEMS, accelerometers, and gyroscopes; to microphones, microactuators, compasses, CMOS image sensors, chemical sensors, microfluidics, mirrors, and displays, there’s no doubt that MEMS are growing fast. To paraphrase the ITRS, the intersection of market and technology is calling for “More MEMS and More Than MEMS”. This session will feature speakers from all parts of the ecosystem to address how future visions will be realized through the heterogeneous integration of MEMS and ICs.
STEP: SEMI MS5, Test Method for Wafer Bond Strength Measurements Using Micro-Chevron Test Structures


San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Karen’s Blog from ESC Silicon Valley 2011 – MEMS Panel

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

“Welcome to the land of geek-dom” should have been the sub-heading of this year’s Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley. Don’t get me wrong, I love engineers, I love working with engineers and in fact, I married an engineer. So please don’t hate me for my snarky comment – I make it with the fullest respect for those whose motto is “how does this thing work and how can I make it better?” These are my people.

I spent day one of the show walking the show floor, talking with exhibitors, attendees, colleagues, MIG members, editors and even the security guards. What struck me was that of the exhibitors and attendees, a good chunk (let’s say 30%) of them were using some form of MEMS technology in their product demos and offerings.  Impressed, is more like it – and that probably explains why ESC offered MIG to showcase a selection of its members and their MEMS offerings on May 4 at a panel “Integrating MEMS with DSPs and Microprocessors.” In other words, MEMS is in the mainstream, baby.

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Sensors Expo & Conference 2011: More MEMS Than Ever!

Sensors Expo is honored and excited to have Dr. Hugh Herr as the opening keynote speaker at Sensors 2011. Society is at the threshold of a new age when machines will no longer be separate, lifeless mechanisms, but will instead be intimate extensions of the human body. Such a merging of body and machine will not only improve the quality of life for disabled people, but will allow persons with normal physiologies to experience augmented capabilities—cognitively, emotionally and physically. Professor Hugh Herr of the MIT Media Lab describes “Human 2.0”—an era where technology will merge with our bodies and our minds to forever change our concept of human capability. Hugh features research work that is blurring the distinction between “able bodied” and “disabled,” demonstrating technologies at the neural-digital interface. These new research initiatives are capable of addressing a plethora of conditions currently at clinical impasses, from social-emotional prostheses for persons with autism, to robots that monitor and protect the health of children or the elderly, to the development of smart prostheses that can emulate—and even exceed the capabilities of—biological limbs.  Hugh believes that through an ever-increasing technological sophistication, human disability will largely be eliminated in this century, setting the stage for innovations that will ultimately benefit all humanity. His story and message describe how technology will fundamentally change human capability in this century; his personal story teaches us all how to transform personal limitation into towering achievement.

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Catch the Next Part of MIG’s Foundry Webinar Series!

On Thursday, April 28, MIG held a webinar entitled “Working Successfully with a MEMS Foundry, Part 2.” Panelists discussed how foundries set pricing, setting expectations for getting from prototype to production, managing the foundry relationship, and navigating pitfalls for a successful foundry partnership.

The webinar showcased the content contained within MIG’s Foundry Engagement Guide and featured MIG foundry members IMT, Silex Microsystems, and Tronics Microsystems. A replay of the webinar is available on the MIG web site.

Join us for the third installment of our Foundry Webinar series on May 25 at 11:30 AM. This webinar features MIG members Midwest MicroDevices, and Semefab and more. For complete details and to register, please visit