CARY, NC– February 8, 2016 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced it will be exhibiting at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference in San Jose, CA from February 21 – 25, 2016. Coventor will highlight how its SEMulator3D virtual fabrication environment has been used to help understand and resolve issues in adopting new lithography technologies in its booth (#227) and in a series of technical papers. read more…
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By Dr. Stephen Breit | Vice President of Engineering, Coventor
ChipScale Review September – October 2015
The trend of integrating heterogeneous technologies at the package level is now well underway, and includes MEMS sensors. Heterogeneous package-level integration arguably reached a new level with the release of the Apple Watch. A Chipworks teardown shows more than 30 die in Apple’s S1 package. Curiously, among the few components that are not included in the S1 package are a MEMS inertial measurement unit (IMU) by ST Microelectronics and MEMS microphones by Knowles. Surely Apple and other IoT device makers will strive to achieve higher-density, package-level integration of MEMS sensors in the future, but will need to overcome specific packaging challenges associated with MEMS.
Coventor Improves Speed and Compatibility of MEMS and IC Co-Design With New Release of Industry-Leading MEMS Design Suite
MEMS+ 4.0 software adds capability to export Verilog-A models and full 64-bit implementation to significantly enhance design efficiency and throughput
CARY, North Carolina – October 28, 2013 – Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of design automation solutions for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced its MEMS+® 4.0 software suite for accelerating development of advanced MEMS devices and systems. The MEMS+ suite enables MEMS and IC designers to rapidly explore and optimize designs in parallel in the MathWorks MATLAB® and Cadence Virtuoso® environments. The MEMS+ 4.0 release features a new capability to export models in Verilog-A format and a full 64-bit implementation that allows more accurate modeling of complex MEMS sensors and actuators.
The MEMS+ 4.0 suite is a key part of Coventor’s platform for MEMS development, which also includes the CoventorWare® and SEMulator3D® software suites. The platform provides a complete solution for designing and verifying state-of-the-art accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones and many other types of MEMS. This latest release of the MEMS+ suite extends the scope of the platform by providing a ‘tunable’ accuracy-versus-speed approach for co-designing MEMS and integrated circuits (ICs) and compatibility with more EDA analog/mixed-signal simulation environments. read more…
By Mike Jamiolkowski, CEO, Coventor, Inc.
(as appeared in the July 2012 e-newsletter: Assembling the Future)
The MEMS market is exploding as smart phones, tablets, games and other mobile devices swallow billions of components. Motion processing and location sensing technologies are central to the functionality of today’s handheld products that most of us find indispensable. Indeed, the merging of sensing with computing power and communications is transforming the MEMS market. But, if it is to meet consumer demand for the fastest growing products, the MEMS industry will need to see the design ecosystem supporting it evolve. read more…
There’s little doubt that the MEMS ecosystem is changing quickly as these devices become ubiquitous, especially in consumer products. The cost and time pressures involved in developing cell phones, games, tablets and other high-growth and emerging MEMS-enabled products are re-shaping the traditional landscape of the MEMS business.
The most recent report from market research firm IHS on the MEMS manufacturing industry underscores the pace and significance of this evolution. The report counts a dozen pure-play foundries now offering MEMS manufacturing services, a dramatic difference than a decade ago when MEMS manufacturing was done almost entirely in-house at captive MEMS suppliers.
A*Star Institute of Microelectronics Announces MEMS Consortium Phase II to Pave Way for High Volume Manufacturing
Singapore, 6 June 2012
A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has announced the launch of its Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) Consortium Phase II, to accelerate MEMS technology into markets driven by strong demand for next generation mobile devices. The second phase of the MEMS Consortium will build on the work accomplished in Phase I to develop 3 product-oriented (PO) devices, namely, the Oscillator, Magnetometer and Energy Harvester, which are among the fastest growing MEMS devices in the next five years.
Phase I has successfully established common MEMS technology platforms for Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) MEMS, aluminum nitride radio frequency (AIN RF) MEMS and wafer-level packaging (WLP) with solder hermetic bonding. Phase II will focus on establishing MEMS process modules and MEMS-CMOS integration methodologies for the chosen PO devices based on IME’s advanced through-silicon-via (TSV) technology. With the devices as demonstration vehicles, Phase II also aims for developing a process design kit (PDK) for MEMS, paving the way for standardization and cost-effective MEMS solutions for high volume manufacturing.
By Michael Fury, Director and senior technology analyst, Techcet Group
For Solid State Technology
The 10th Annual MEMS Technology Symposium sponsored by MEPTEC (MicroElectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council) was held May 23 at the San Jose Holiday Inn. This year’s theme was “Sensors: A Foundation for Accelerated MEMS Market Growth to $1 Trillion.” Registered attendance was ~230.
The conference opened with a keynote address by Prof. Kristofer Pister, UC Berkeley speaking on sensory swarms. Inexpensive, wireless sensor networks have moved out of the lab and are being implemented in myriad applications. A refinery in Richmond, CA has methane gas sensors at every valve to monitor emissions. Parking spaces in San Francisco and Hollywood are tagged with car sensors to provide dynamic signage directing drivers to open spaces; this system also communicates with a smart phone app (“Parker”) to take you to specific open spaces. Rail cars have temperature and vibration sensors on every truck for predictive and preventive maintenance. Wireless sensors in the field are projected to top 1.1 billion units by 2015, up from 168 million units in 2010.