Monthly Archives: September 2011

Submit Your Product for MIG’s MEMS Technology Showcase!

Last chance to submit your product!

Accepted presenters receive one complimentary pass to MEMS Executive Congress 2011.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2011
Selected presenters will be notified by: October 7, 2011

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) invites you to submit your MEMS-enabled product for consideration to be part of MIG’s first ever MEMS Technology Showcase at this year’s MEMS Executive Congress.

Selected participants will be invited to give a five minute presentation and product demonstration. Showcase will be moderated by Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea. Attendees of MEMS Executive Congress will vote on the best product and a winner will be “crowned.”

How do I submit my product?

You will need the following information:

• Company name & profile
• Product name
• Abstract of maximum 500 words
• Image of product (JPEG or GIF file)
• Contact details

 

What is MEMS Executive Congress?

November 2-3, 2011 | Monterey, CA

November 4 – Golf Outing

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 in Consumer Products: What Does the Future Hold?

From Killer Apps and Price Pressures to Integrated Solutions and New Vertical Markets

MEMS Executive Congress 2011

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

Consumer electronics and mobile handset applications are fast becoming the main drivers for MEMS market growth, accounting for a staggering 37% of total market value and US$4.2B in revenue by 2015, according to industry estimates [1]. How will the MEMS industry maintain this trajectory—and what can we expect to see in the next 3-5 years?

At the seventh annual MEMS Executive Congress, a panel of industry experts will bridge the gap between MEMS device maker and consumer electronics manufacturer to explore compelling questions such as:

  • What are the next mass-market consumer apps for MEMS, beyond gaming and smartphones?
  • Will the trend towards integration transform multiple single-function MEMS sensors into multi-function MEMS devices?
  • How will companies manage intense price pressures and still turn a healthy profit?
  • Can startups compete with IDMs in volume (or in any) markets?

Please join us Thursday, November 3, 2011, 3:30-4:15 p.m. for the panel, MEMS in Consumer Products.

Featured Speakers

Moderator: Steve Nasiri, CEO, InvenSense, Inc.

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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[1] According to iSuppli “MEMS Market Tracker” (Q2 2011).

Karen’s blog from Joint MIG-BSAC session from BSAC’s 2011 Fall Thrust Session

By Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group

This is part two of my blog from BSAC’s 2011 Fall Thrust Session celebrating BSAC’s 25 years. The presentations and my notes from both sections can be found on the MIG website. MIG members have full access; as well as those who registered/attended (and if you ask really nicely I might say yes, just try me).

After a well-attended BSAC faculty poster session, we went back into the auditorium which was pretty decently filled in the morning session and now had standing room only (fire codes were not violated, but we were darned close). John Huggins, the Executive Director of BSAC was the MC and then quickly turned the mic over to Al Pisano, one of my favorite guys in MEMS (really it’s true).

Al gave an overview of BSAC’s 25 years and made the simple observation that it’s truly not common for a research center to last 25 years. He then presented his revisionist history of BSAC and its five generations of leadership.  It’s really impressive that several of the top guys (and I do mean guys here – the only thing missing is a FEMALE Director, but I digress…) of BSAC are still around and active: Dick White, Richard Muller and Alex Schwartzkopf. Impressive. Al then overviewed the funding model that supports BSAC’s $15M budget: a Federal-University-Industry Research/Funding “Helix” that supports and feeds itself as a sustainable model.  It not only sustains itself, but it has a good record of spinning out companies – see the list on BSAC website (including MIG founding company, XACTIX).

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Karen’s blog from MIG/BSAC Fall Thrust Session and MEMS Commercialization Workshop

For a third time, I had the honor and pleasure to attend the Fall Thrust Session at BSAC at UC Berkeley. In Spring 2010, I was invited to give a brief introduction of MEMS Industry Group (MIG) to the closed session of BSAC’s directors and member companies, attend a poster session and social event. In Fall 2010 I was invited to more social events, poster sessions and held a joint workshop on MEMS with BSAC, featuring several MIG members. This year for BSAC’s 25th Anniversary (and MIG’s 10th), MIG’s role expanded even more; on 9/22, MIG held a morning workshop on MEMS Commercialization“Technical Challenges to MEMS Commercialization,” as well as an afternoon session in conjunction with BSAC.

If I was impressed by BSAC before, now I am positively gushing with my praise and respect of BSAC and the amazing work they’ve created, nurtured and spawned over the past 25 years. Thank you BSAC (with a special call out to Executive Director, John Huggins), for enabling me (and MIG) to be a part of BSAC’s anniversary celebration.

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MEMS product development — why is it so hard?

By Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group and Alissa M. Fitzgerald, A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates and MEMS Industry Group

Contributed by ElectroIQ

September 23, 2011 — On the journey to micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) commercialization over the past 20 years, the industry has seen some very successful products and companies, but the road is also littered with many failures: failed products, bankrupt companies, and disgruntled investors. According to Jean-Christophe Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement, MEMS start-ups need about $45 million and three to four CEOs to make it to commercialization. Not exactly the best “Welcome to MEMS” sign if you are entering this diverse industry.

Developing a new MEMS product is a difficult and risky business. What makes developing new MEMS devices so hard? This is a question that many ask — especially those who have experience in the semiconductor industry — but the comparison is not fair. The main reason it’s a false comparison is because while the IC industry has robust and efficient electronic design automation (EDA) tools, MEMS does not. Though several MEMS-specific EDA tools do exist, they do not yet offer the end-to-end simulation capability that has speeded design in the IC industry.

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MEMS News Update

MEMS News Update

Smartphones and Tablets to Drive MEMS Sensor and Audio Devices Market to More Than $1.5 Billion by 2016

Contributed by ABI Research

LONDON – September 20, 2011

MEMS vendors range from large multi-national and multi-product suppliers such as STMicroelectronics, Bosch, Texas Instruments, and Freescale Semiconductors, down to suppliers focused on the MEMS market with relatively small product portfolios such as VTI, InvenSense, and Memstech. Each vendor is vying for a slice of a market that will be worth more than $1.5 billion in 2016 for MEMS sensor and audio devices in smartphones and tablets alone.

Certain segments of the market have emerged with continued strong growth potential, including MEMS inertial sensors and microphones. The smartphone and media tablet markets are the driving forces behind this growth. “The MEMS market is going through a transition period, as many other semiconductor market segments have when approaching maturity,” says Peter Cooney, practice director, semiconductors. “Leading vendors understand that to be successful in consumer electronics markets, you have to have economies of scale and be able to supply a broad range of solutions.”

As markets mature, component integration is the key to success, reducing BOM cost and board space while offering customers ease of design and reduced time to market. To this end, vendors are racing to diversify and increase product portfolios. This is driving M&A activity in the MEMS market. Over the next few years, the number of vendors addressing high volume MEMS markets will shrink as larger suppliers acquire companies to increase product offerings and use their expanding portfolios to further integrate and achieve market dominance.

ABI Research’s latest report, “MEMS Vendors: A Competitive Analysis,” provides overviews of 50 MEMS vendors and an in depth look at 15 major vendors, including SWOT analyses, product portfolios, and vendor profiles.

It is part of the Automotive Technology, MEMS, and Mobile Device Semiconductors research services.

ABI Research provides in depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 40+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com or call +1.516.624.2500.

MEMS News Update

MEMS News Update

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