Meet and network with the key decision makers of the MEMS industry at MEMS Executive Congress Europe

20 March 2012 | MEMS Executive Congress®

Zurich, Switzerland | Hotel Novotel Zurich Airport Messe

Presented by MEMS Industry Group® (MIG), the European edition of MEMS Executive Congress strives to strengthen the global connection of the MEMS supply chain.

At MEMS Executive Congress, you’ll explore MEMS in automobiles, smart industrial systems, quality of life applications, and consumer electronics with some of the most innovative companies in Europe. Keynote speakers include Carmelo Papa, senior executive vice president and general manager, Industrial & Multisegment Sector, STMicroelectronics and Markus Buhlmann, head of unit, Chassis Electronics, Vehicle Dynamics/Software, Audi AG.

21 – 22 March 2012 | Smart Systems Integration

Registrants of MEMS Executive Congress will be given a coupon code for 20% off registration to Smart Systems Integration. Don’t miss the US MEMS session, hosted by MIG’s Karen Lightman on Wednesday, 21.03.2012, 15:15 – 18:15 hrs.

23 March 2012 | CEA-Leti Site Visit

The opportunities continue. Extend your stay to include a site visit to the CEA-Leti Minatec Facility. The tour will include the Léti showroom, MEMS 200mm line, Clinatec /nanobio facilities, and will conclude with an optional evening social event.


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CALL FOR PAPERS: M2M Forum 2012: Focus on MEMS New Product Development

Presented by MEMS Industry Group® | Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
May 8-10, 2012 | Pittsburgh, PA

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 29, 2012

MEMS Industry Group® invites you to submit your technical paper on MEMS New Product Development to be part of the research materials for this year’s M2M Forum: Focus on MEMS New Product Development. We are looking for papers on the following topics.

  • Product Management and MEMS Technology Development – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Product development life cycle (brand new concepts, derivative/next-gen products, transfer to fab/manufacturing readiness)
    • Supply chain perspective on innovation, tool capabilities, and software
  • New Product Development – Market Pull vs. Technology Push – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Customer vs. technology push for new products
    • Differences between IC and MEMS product development (and design flows)
    • Supply chain considerations for new product development
    • Decreasing time to market
  • Technical Challenges Unique to MEMS – Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Packaging and test
    • Reliability
    • Failure modes
    • Tool capacity and equipment
    • Turnkey MEMS models for system design
    • Standard methodologies for encoding designs

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Robot and sensor fun at 2012 CES

By Michael Stanley

Originally posted on Freescale’s The Embedded Beat Blog

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Freescale maintained a booth in the MEMS Tech Zone sponsored by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), and I was on hand for much of the show. When I wasn’t actually manning the Freescale booth, I was wandering around, looking for great sensor technologies and applications. Which is, of course, the topic of this particular blog post.

My favorite product demo was the Parrot AR.Drone demonstration. This four rotor helicopter (pictured below) combines great hardware and software content to yield a unique experience.

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MEMS Industry Group Launches MEMS Executive Congress Europe

MEMS End Users, Integrators, Suppliers to Explore MEMS in Automobiles, Smart Industrial Systems, Quality of Life Apps, and Consumer Electronics

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will host its first MEMS Executive Congress® Europe, March 20, 2012 in Zurich. This European edition of MIG’s highly successful executive event features an opening presentation by MIG Managing Director Karen Lightman, keynotes by Audi AG and STMicroelectronics, and panels on innovative uses of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) in both established and emerging markets.

“MEMS is a global industry, and the European region is a powerhouse in automotive systems, industrial automation and energy creation/conservation, and mobile communications. European companies and organizations are also applying MEMS to biomedical applications in ways that will truly improve our quality of life,” said Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group. “Attendees of MEMS Executive Congress Europe will gain real-world insight into product enhancements now made possible through the intelligence and versatility of MEMS.”


  • Carmelo Papa, senior executive vice president and general manager, Industrial & Multisegment Sector, STMicroelectronics: With his experience in recognizing its potential and supporting the business with appropriate resources, Mr. Papa will discuss why MEMS has seen explosive growth over the past half-decade, how ST has contributed to that growth with its recognition of the consumerization wave, and why the potential for future growth is limited only by imagination. Mr. Papa will highlight several future MEMS opportunities and will challenge the audience to think beyond the usual to innovate using MEMS.
  • Markus Buhlmann, head of unit, Chassis Electronics, Vehicle Dynamics/Software, Audi AG: Mr. Buhlmann will describe how MEMS is enabling a new level of automotive safety, comfort and functionality, presenting Audi’s central inertial sensors’ integration platform, “Sensory Array Audi” (SARA)—which makes sensor data available for the most varied vehicle functions on a cross-system basis. Mr. Buhlmann will also address the collaboration among MEMS suppliers, Tier 1 suppliers and automotive manufacturers as well his vision of the car of the future.

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MEMS Gains Respect at 2012 CES

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

Originally posted on Design News

MEMS has been present at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for over a decade, but nobody knew it was there except for a handful of plugged-in engineers. Finally this year, MEMS received the respect and accolades it deserves. I am pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that MEMS Industry Group (MIG) hosted the first MEMS TechZone and MEMS conference track, “Connecting the Real World with the Digital World: Harnessing the Power of MEMS.”

It also had a lot to with the prevalence of MEMS in today’s consumer electronics. These have enabled enhancements consumers expect in the next generation of consumer devices. This new trend was a big part of the discussion at the CES conference track featuring Bosch Sensortec’s Frank Melzer, Freescale’s Seyed Paransun, VTI’s Sten Stockmann, WiSpry’s Jeff Hilbert, and myself as the moderator. I told the audience that if you want to be part of consumer electronics, you’re going to need to have MEMS inside your device.

According to Hilbert: “We’re at a tipping point for MEMS where it’s becoming more generally available and usable. Companies are not just selling technology; they are providing total solutions. A decade ago MEMS companies began with sensors collecting data about the real world. Then they added processing; followed by the ability to act and then interact, which gave us the possibility of learning.”

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