On Tuesday March 12, Coventor hosted an informational seminar in Caesarea, Israel with the help of local MEMS company, Maradin, who provided very generous assistance in organizing the event, helping us choose a venue and bringing together a sizable portion of the Israeli MEMS community.
It turns out that much of the current MEMS effort in Israel has its origin in a government sponsored program during the 2000-2004 timeframe. Since then, MEMS technology has taken on a life of its own. Representatives of all types of organizations were present, including a number of MEMS start-up companies with innovative new product concepts, semiconductor foundries, an ASIC design services firm, a packaging services firm, an integrated device manufacturer (IDM), and defense systems integrators. Not surprisingly, considering that Israel is a relatively small country, many of these firms have connections with each other already.
Coventor had its latest MEMS design solutions on display at the recent IEEE MEMS 2012 conference in Paris. The annual gathering of MEMS experts attracted more than 700 attendees from around the world, who came to see and hear about important developments in MEMS design and implementation. Of particular interest among attendees were design, simulation and analysis tools, electro-mechanical integration techniques, assembly and packaging approaches, and fabrication technologies.
Coventor presents at MEMS 2012
Coventor was well-positioned with demonstrations of its newest products, including the just released CoventorWare 2012, which brings even greater levels of productivity and efficiency to the MEMS modeling, design and analysis process. Also of interest was the MEMS+ solution, which targets developers looking to integrate MEMS with traditional IC and system level design methodologies, using tight links to popular design environments from Cadence and The MathWorks.
Congratulations to our friends at WiSpry on their recent big design win for enabling the first mass-produced RF MEMS-enabled wireless handset. The company’s unique WS2017 Tunable Impedance Match (TIM) circuit consists of a network of low-loss inductors combined with WiSpry’s digitally-tunable, low-loss MEMS capacitors, and is ideally suited for delivering the performance and flexibility requirements of 4G implementations. Congratulations to Jeff, Art and all at WiSpry on the tremendous innovation and design expertise that went into this achievement. It’s a testament to the power of MEMS and the skills WiSpry brings to bear on the market opportunities in consumer electronics for MEMS.