MEMS the Word – January Newsletter


Karen Lightman

Several years ago I coined the phrase “MEMS frickin’ everywhere.” I shared my vision for MEMS enabling a smarter and better world. This was before the term Internet of Things (IoT) had taken hold. My catchphrase got me into a bit of trouble with those offended by my use of a modified expletive as well as skeptics of the potential of MEMS.

Today that vision of MEMS everywhere seems passé and so obvious. That’s because the outlook for MEMS and sensors has never looked brighter – this was incredibly apparent to me at the 2015 International CES.

At this year’s CES, in addition to hosting the Sensors Marketplace on the show floor and hosting a booth with several of our member companies, MEMS Industry Group (MIG) hosted its third annual conference at CES. In 2013 we were invited by CEA to host a 1.5 hour conference; in 2014 it doubled to three hours and this year we filled an entire day of content plus a cocktail party. Some might say that MIG is growing as fast as the MEMS and sensors industry it represents!

Read the rest of Karen’s letter here!


Kaplan Breyer Schwarz & Ottesen

Q: It’s our round – what are you having?

A: A hot dark chocolate please – maybe with an amaretto shot.  Dark chocolate is known to be an antioxidant.  Less well known, perhaps, is that it also stimulates brain activity.  A little alcohol tossed in can also serve to improve creativity (and lighten the mood) – if the studies are to be believed.

Furthermore, it provides a reason for whipped cream!

Q: A great picture is worth a thousand words — please show us yours.

A: An early integrated MEMS device. Developed in 1987 by Bell Labs scientists (including James Walker), such surface-micromachined polysilicon mechanical structures were presented at Transducers ‘87 and also published in Newsweek magazine. They formed the basis for many fundamental studies on MEMS technological issues, such in-use friction and wear, and the impact of extended HF exposure on silicon devices.

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Early Bird Pricing ends February 9! 
MIG Members receive a significant discount.Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!
For companies who wish to stand out as leaders along the MEMS and sensors supply chain in Europe, sponsorship of the MEMS Executive Congress Europe® provides the best chance all year for exposure to the global leaders in MEMS and sensors in one place. Sponsorship of MEMS Executive Congress Europe® highlights your company as a provider of solutions for the business issues that Congress executives come to address.

Keynote Speakers

Franz Laermer, Vice President, Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering, Microsystems Technologies, Bosch

Claus Nielsen, Business Development Manager, Health & Care Technologies DELTA

Accepting abstracts for the always interesting, much anticipated, highly press-engaging MEMS and Sensors Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress® Europe.
Click here for info and to submit!
Deadline for submissions is January 30.

Early bird registration is now open – limited time 30% off!

MIG members receive an additional discount on exhibit space and $100 off Gold or Main conference passes or $50 off MIG’s Pre-conference Symposium.


Mobile sensor deployment: making the whole greater than the sum of its’ parts.

Hosted by MEMS Industry Group and QuickLogic

Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time

In 2014, it is anticipated that 658 million sensor hubs will be sold worldwide with that number growing to 1.3 billion by 2017 (IHS Technology, April 2014). Impressive numbers for what could certainly still be considered a fledgling market. This growth is being driven by the availability of low cost sensor technology and the desire for always-on sensing allowing mobile devices to understand user context and eventually anticipate user needs.

Register for the webinar here.

IoT: Standards & Testing, MEMS & Sensors

An interactive Webinar with MEMS Industry Group and IEEE Standards Association

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time

This is the first in a series of webinars that will address issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connectedness. In this webinar, viewers will gain an understanding of:

  • Why IoT, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Sensors need common specifications and standards
  • The role of interoperability and testing when it comes to IoT
  • What the MEMS Industry Group (MIG) & IEEE Standards Association are doing to facilitate IoT Connectedness

Register now at the Webinar Site!


March 9-10, 2015
MEMS Executive Congress® Europe
Copenhagen, Denmark

May 6-7, 2015
MEMS Technical Congress®
Cambridge, MA


January 18 – 22, 2015
2015 MEMS Portugal

January 27 – 30, 2015
M2M Evolution Conference & Expo
Karen Lightman will be speaking in two panels:MEMS and Sensor Trends and Challenges to Scale the Mobile Health Industry, and One M2M, IIC and the Quest to be Different Standards

January 28, 2015
IHE NA Connectathon Conference

Virtuix became a member during the 2015 International CES®. They created an incredible virtual reality gaming experience, which dominated the gaming news at 2015 CES®. We’re thrilled to welcome them aboard!

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). We’re excited to have them join the MIG member team!