Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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Why not send more than one person for your organization?

Once you register, you’ll receive a coupon code for an additional 20% off each subsequent registration from your company.

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.

Parrot AR.DroneParrot AR.Drone

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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.”

MEMS EXECUTIVE CONGRESS KEYNOTES

  • 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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MEMS microphones make noise in 2012

By Jérémie Bouchaud, IHS

Originally posted on ElectroIQ

January 17, 2012 — Micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) microphones are set to enjoy another blockbuster year in 2012 as the devices continue to find strong adoption in portable electronics, including the wildly popular iPhone and iPad from Apple Inc., according to a new report from IHS iSuppli.

Revenue this year for MEMS microphones is projected to reach $493.5 million, up a solid 32% from $373.2 million in 2011. This year’s expansion continues the mighty growth path seen by MEMS mics following last year’s remarkable 64% increase, and the next few years also will see healthy prospects for the space.

By 2015, MEMS microphone revenue will hit approximately $667.0 million, equivalent to a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24% starting from 2010. Shipments in 2015 will hit 2.9 billion units.

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MEMS Devices Swarm Over CES

Use of the tiny electromechanical devices has ballooned with the rise of smartphones and tablets

Introduction by Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group

“I was honored to host the first-ever MEMS conference session at CES on January 11, along with my MEMS TechZone Co-exhibitors (Bosch Sensortec, Akustica, Freescale Semiconductor, VTI Technologies, and WiSpry). The panel was a lot of fun and very well received, with over 100 attendees. But I was over the moon when I saw the headline in James Niccolai’s piece “MEMS Devices Swarm Over CES!” Stay tuned for my blog from 2012 CES, where I’ll share my thoughts on how MEMS is the star this year”

By James Niccolai, IDG News Service

MEMS, or microelectromechanical systems, are all over the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, though you might not know it unless someone told you. They’ve become a vital component in smartphones and tablets and are also used in printers, pico-projectors, digital cameras, microphones and hundreds of other products on the CES show floor.

MEMS are typically computer chips with a microprocessor and a sensor on board, for detecting movement, orientation and other changes in the surrounding environment…

See you at CES!

MIG looks forward to advancing MEMS across global markets at next week’s 2012 International CES®.  It’s not too late to make your plans to attend!
MEMS TechZone

LVCC, South Hall 2, Booth #25218
January 10 – 13, 2012

Stop by the booth to register to win MOD Live from Recon Instruments (winner of the 2011 MEMS Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress®) and see the VGo Robotic Telepresence (enabled by MEMS developed by Freescale Semiconductor.)

Recon Instruments VGo
 

MEMS Conference Session

Connecting the Real World with the Digital World: Harnessing the Power of MEMS
LVCC, North Hall, Room N254
January 11, 2012 | 10:30-11:30am
Spread the word to your colleagues and customers to attend this much anticipated session. In this session, you’ll earn how MEMS is truly driving the adoption of new consumer applications and products.

TechZone Participants and Sponsors

 

Complimentary MIG Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by 

STMicroelectronics

Conference Room 7, Second Floor, Las Vegas Hilton
January 11, 2012 | 7:00-9:00 am

Join press and members of MIG for a complimentary continental breakfast and networking time. (RSVP required)

MEMS at 2012 CES® PressroomIf you can’t make it to the show, be sure to check out the latest press releases related to MEMS at 2012 CES® in our online press room.  MIG members, if you are attending the show and have a press release, make sure to send it to Kacey Wherley at kwherley@memsindustrygroup.org for inclusion.

See you in Las Vegas!

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