December 3, 2012
By Barbara C. Tuck
With MEMS having become central to consumer products such as smart phones and tablets, the exploding demand for them makes it imperative for designers to focus on product, not process technology. Toward that goal, the MEMS industry is coming to terms with a huge shift in manufacturing methodology, one that is moving the MEMS market toward accessible and cost-effective process technology. Traditionally, IDMs have been the only ones with resources needed to develop the specialized, proprietary processes that have characterized MEMS manufacture. But the long R&D cycles and build-and-test design required for such an approach are no longer viable now that MEMS technology lies at the heart of consumer products with short product life-cycles. The high-volume, cost-driven consumer market calls for more standardized processes, packaging and testing.
Chip Design Magazine
By Cheryl Coupé
Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are well known for enabling innovative capabilities for devices that range from vehicles and gaming to smartphones and tablets—and increasingly in personal health and fitness, security, and environmental applications. As stacked die become more popular, they also will become part of the integration challenge that chipmakers will wrestle with as they seek to build customized chips for very specific market slices.
News Release from: Electronic Specifier
07 November 2012
The term ‘smart system’ is well used, but what exactly does it mean? There are many definitions but the one that fits best for the purposes of this discussion is that provided by the European Commission’s CORDIS programme: “Smart systems typically are sensors and/or actuators with an ability to process data, diagnose complex situations, communicate with each other and be autonomous in energy use.”
Vanessa Knivett investigates smart tools for smart systemsNo single technology plays the key role in a smart system’s functionality; it is, indeed, systemic — a ‘system’ in its purest form, with sensing, computation, communication and power all realised in a single tiny package. A smart system also represents a mixture of mechanical and electronic functions, making the job of the designer trying to predict its behaviour a complex one.
by Bryon Moyer
A number of years ago, Coventor created a program called SEMulator 3D. Its target usage was for developing MEMS processes and devices, MEMS devices traditionally having the unfortunate characteristic that a specific device typically required a specific process. Coventor refers to it as “virtual fabrication” since it can abstract and model the steps used to fabricate a MEMS wafer. read more…
8/7/2012 6:30 PM EDT
Technology is great…and I know you can sense a “but” coming.
And the “but” is the law of unintended consequences.
Consider the light-emitting diode and the solid-state light. Humanity has gone from burning candles to gas light to incandescent bulbs to fluorescent strip lights and now we are now entering the era of LED solid-state lighting. read more…
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.