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Smart Systems Integration Conference – 21 – 22 March 2012 – Zurich, Switzerland

Smart Systems Integration International Conference & Exhibition on Integration Issues of Miniaturized Systems – MEMS, NEMS, ICs and Electronic Components Zurich, Switzerland, 21 – 22 March 2012.

Coventor will be an Exhibitor at this conference and will display its leading-edge MEMS design solutions, which integrate with traditional IC and system design methodologies to enable true MEMS+IC design. Smart Systems Integration is the international communication platform for research institutes and manufacturers to exchange know-how on smart systems integration and to create the basis for successful research co operations with focus on Europe.

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Silicon Designs – New low-cost triaxial MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules (2445)

Silicon Designs – Designed to support a variety of low to medium-frequency triaxial measurement requirements, the 2445 Series of single-ended low-noise analog MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules has been introduced by Silicon Designs.

The rugged design of the model 2445 features three orthogonally mounted low-noise MEMS capacitive sensing elements, packaged in a nitrogen-damped, epoxy sealed lightweight aluminium housing, finished with a ±5V single ended outputs referenced to external ground.

Units are available with individual standard measurement ranges from ±2g to ±400g, with all designed for reliable operation over a temperature range of -55C to +125C. Non-standard units with enhanced measurement and temperature ranges, as well as alternative housings and outputs, are available upon request. The model 2445 features a six-wire connection with an instrumentation amplifier on each axis, for higher drive capability and low-impedance output. Both on-board voltage regulation and an internal voltage reference eliminate the need for precision power supplies and help ensure low power consumption. In addition, the model 2445 is relatively insensitive to temperature changes and gradients. Units respond to both DC and AC acceleration, says the company.

Download the 2445 Specification Here.

Konica Minolta – New Development of Tiny-Drop-Size & High-Accuracy Inkjet Printhead: First for Printed Electronics Applications

Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it has successfully developed a high-accuracy inkjet head capable of 1-picoliter drop size, the first for printed electronics applications by utilizing Konica Minolta’s proprietary MEMS technologies for the first time. Sale of the new inkjet printhead in sample quantities is expected to start this spring.

Newly developed Inkjet Printhead KM128SNG-MB

The newly developed inkjet printhead “KM128SNG-MB” is a next-generation inkjet printhead manufactured with silicon MEMS technologies that utilizes semiconductor process technologies. Through MEMS technologies, Konica Minolta succeeded in developing highly accurate printhead construction (38mm width, in one row, 128 nozzles) capable of discharging in micro drop size. The company’s proprietary technologies in ink flow path design and high-precision assembly processes have achieved layout of tiny-size droplet highly precisely and stably. Furthermore, the new inkjet printhead is highly resistant to various inks required for industrial applications and suitable to use with low-viscosity inks. Utilization of MEMS technologies has helped integration of nozzles and resulted in benefits such as compact inkjet printhead. In line with requests from the market in the future, further integration of nozzles will be an area of enhancement for time to come. Specific applications for the newly developed inkjet printhead will include, among others, OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display patterning, OLED lighting thin-layer coating, and new manufacturing technologies for high-value-added displays for smartphones and similar devices that require high accuracy.

Printed electronics market, including next-generation flexible displays, is expected to grow to approximately two-trillion yen in 2020 (research by Konica Minolta), where utilization of the newly developed inkjet printhead is highly expected. Konica Minolta is a founding member of Japan Advanced Printed Electronics Technology Research Association (JAPERA) that was formed in 2011. Through its innovative inkjet technologies for industrial use, Konica Minolta has been contributing to the research and development activities for next-generation printed electronics technologies with even more energy-saving, resource-saving and highly productive features in the near future.

Under its communication message “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta has been developing and manufacturing inkjet products, such as inkjet printhead, textile printers and high-value-added inks, with superb performance and enhanced values for industrial applications, by utilizing its proprietary precision processing technologies and material technologies that underlie its products’ advantages in saving energy and resources. With the newly developed inkjet printhead, the company will continue to contribute to further expansion of applications with industrial-use inkjet technologies and growth of the market.

Major Features of the Newly Designed KM128SNG-MB Printhead

  • Utilizes silicon MEMS technology used in semiconductor processing
  • First printhead for printed electronics applications to achieve a 1 picoliter drop size
  • High-accuracy printhead structure: 38mm wide; 128 nozzles in one row
  • Stable, highly accurate operation with accuracy drive control on a per-nozzle basis
  • High ink resistance and optimization for low viscosity inks for industrial applications
  • Provides highly uniform thin layer coating (at the 100nm level)
  • Optimized for display manufacturing technology, such as for OLED displays
  • Proprietary DPN (Drive Per Nozzle) drive board and evaluation equipment available


Drop size 1pl
Number of nozzles 128 (in one row)
Print width 38mm
Maximum frequency 15kHz
Nozzle spacing 300 μm
Dimensions 67mm (W) x 40mm (D) x 70mm (H)
Weight approx. 55g
Fluid viscosity 1 – 5 mPa·s

Major Applications

OLED display patterning, OLED lighting thin-layer coating, new manufacturing technologies for high-accuracy, high-value-added displays for smartphones and similar devices

For information about Konica Minolta’s inkjet printheads, please visit:Konica Minolta Inkjet Print Head.

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MEMS Design Tool Continues To Evolve

By David Maliniak
Electronic Design

Driven largely by the consumer market, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are proliferating like wildfire in electronic systems. Nintendo’s Wii game platform has brought millions of them literally into the hands of consumers, and so has Apple’s iPhone, of which coming iterations will contain multiple MEMS devices.

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STIMESI Training Course – May, 15 – 18, 2012 – Trento, Italy

Coventor will participate in an upcoming STIMESI Training course in Trento, Italy.  On day three of this four day course participants will learn how to use Coventor’s MEMS+® product design platform to construct a model of a MUMPs device using a library of behavioral model building blocks. Attendees will learn how to simulate the performance of the device together with system electronics. The course will also teach on how to use Coventor’s DESIGNER® to build and mesh a solid model from 2D layout and MUMPS process information and simulate this model in CoventorWare ANALYZER® using one of our Finite Element Analysis tools.

May, 15 – 18, 2012: MEMSCAP: MUMPs® (Multi-User MEMS) processes: Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK, Trento, Italy.

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DAC 2012: June 3-7, 2012 – San Francisco, California

The Design Automation Conference is the premier gathering for electronic designers and brings together the complete ecosystem for advanced IC and system design. Coventor will display its leading-edge MEMS design solutions, which integrate with traditional IC and system design methodologies to enable true MEMS+IC design.

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EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 8th

By Brian Bailey
EDA Designline Blog

This is a roundup of news or activities in the past few days that may be of interest to people.

Premier Farnell a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions, has announced it has entered into an agreement to distribute ARM development tools, software, evaluation boards and debug hardware across the Americas through its Newark element14 brand. As a result of the deal, Premier Farnell will be adding ARM products to its portfolio of electronic design solutions available in the region. In addition, element14 has teamed up with Microchip and Matrix to introduce the new PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit.
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Tool eases verification of MEMS devices

EE Times India

Coventor Inc. releases the CoventorWare solution for MEMS design verification and optimisation that claims more complete and accurate verification of state-of-the-art MEMS designs by capitalizing increased computing power and software algorithm advancements.CoventorWare 2012 offers 64bit support and a hex-dominant extrude