MEMS Industry Group Tackles Critical Technical Issues Affecting MEMS

MIG members discuss product development, integration, standardization at M2M Forum

PITTSBURGH—May 29, 2012—MEMS Industry Group® (MIG) engaged technology leaders attending its annual technical conference for members, Member to Member (M2M) Forum, on the most pressing challenges affecting the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) industry. Held May 8-10, 2012 in Pittsburgh, M2M Forum® began with a tour of Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) microsystems labs, offering a rare opportunity to engage with engineers at one of the world’s top R&D institutions. Through interactive working group sessions, presentations and panels, M2M attendees discussed critical issues influencing new MEMS product development, to advance the commercialization of MEMS through a fertile information exchange.

“MEMS Industry Group is focused on building the business of MEMS, and that includes exploring technical challenges, product innovation, commercial successes and emerging trends,” said Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group. “Our ability to cover so much ground in just two days of M2M Forum—from the CMU labs’ tour and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies’ Len Sheynblat’s call for sensor-integration standardization to heated discussions around product-development strategies—validates MIG’s position as a neutral organization that fosters the exchange of ideas, for the betterment of the MEMS industry as a whole.”

Highlights of M2M Forum

  • Site visit to CMU’s microsystems labs with demonstrations on microfluidics, micro/nanofabrication, MEMS testing in controlled environments, soft robotics, multi-scale manufacturing, electrical characterization, and more.  The event concluded with a poster session featuring current research of CMU professors and graduate students.
  • Evening Keynote Speaker Mary Ann Maher, CEO, SoftMEMS, LLC, addressed “Co-design Strategies for MEMS-based Products.” As winner of the MIG Technology Advisory Committee’s first white-paper competition, Maher addressed the intersection of co-design and standards.
  • General Session Keynote Speaker Len Sheynblat, vice president of technology, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, exhorted attendees to work toward standardization in “Sensor Systems Integration Challenges.”
  •  In “Successful MEMS Commercialization: Lessons Learned,” Panelists Matt Apanius, director, SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems; Stefan Finkbeiner, PhD, CEO, Akustica; Anne M. Schneiderman, PhD, partner, Harris Beach LLP; and Ivo Stivoric, co-founder and CTO, BodyMedia, discussed their views on successful and not-so-successful examples of MEMS-based applications.
  • MEMS Technology Development Working Group Co-moderators Valerie Marty, MEMS Integration, HP, and Jason Tauscher, manager, MEMS Subsystem, MicroVision, led the conversation on development process and its relationship to the product life cycle of MEMS.
  • New Product Development Working Group Co-moderators Mike Mignardi, PhD, manager, MEMS Component Development, Texas Instruments, and Jim Knutti, PhD, president/CEO, Acuity, Inc., examined market-pull VS technology-push success factors affecting commercialization of MEMS products.
  • Site visit to ACUTRONIC, a developer of precision motion simulators used for the testing and calibration of inertial sensors, Inertial Navigation Systems, stabilized electro-optical systems and Electronic Stability Control systems.

Attendees of M2M Forum, as well as other MIG members, may access MIG’s pre-M2M Forum research, including survey results on new product development and interviews with members of the MEMS supply chain, from device manufacturers and foundries to end-users. MIG also provides presentations, white papers, market analysis, and relevant Webinars as part of M2M Forum.

“If we are to continue to grow MEMS at the current pace, we must come together now to address the challenges affecting us collectively,” added Lightman. “As a neutral forum for discussion, M2M provides the platform that uniquely fulfills this need.”

About MEMS Industry Group

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. More than 140 companies and industry partners comprise MIG, including Analog Devices, Applied Materials, BodyMedia, Robert Bosch GmbH, Freescale Semiconductor, GE, Hillcrest Labs, HARTING AG, Honeywell, HP, Intel, InvenSense, Kionix, n&k Technology, OMRON Electronic Components, Qualcomm, Silicon Resources, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, VTI Technologies and WiSpry. For more information, visit


Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group
Phone: +1 412/390-1644
Email: klightman[at]

Maria Vetrano
Phone: +617/876.2770
Email: maria[at]

For more information on M2M Forum, please read Karen Lightman’s blog: MEMS Isn’t New


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