Coventor recently participated in the COMS 2011, event, which was held right in our ‘backyard’ of Greensboro, North Carolina. COMS, which stands for Commercialization of Micro-Nano Systems, is an annual conference hosted by MANCEF (Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation). It draws experts and researchers from around the world, and this year there were 278 registered attendees from 17 countries.
A unique aspect of the COMS conference is that it focuses primarily on solutions, not just science and technology. It is a hands on, practical meeting to assist companies in bringing products to market. Topics presented included the latest information on technology transfer, manufacturing processes, facilities, infrastructure, investment, applications and markets, as well as regulatory issues, social implications, education and workforce development.
While a wide range of nano technologies were presented, MEMS were certainly an important part of the discussion at this year’s event. Coventor’s Jian Liu presented an overview of our work with the research organization imec on a SiGe MEMS process design kit for MEMS+IC design. This talk was well-received, and is typical of the information exchanged at COMS. Coventor has made great strides in the area of MEMS+IC design, as evidenced by our MEMS+ platform. (Coventor and imec will be hosting a training workshop on this SiGe MEMS platform in Leuven, Belgium on September 21-23.)
Coventor was pleased to be a part of this important event, especially as it showcased our headquarters’ region of North Carolina as one of the key thought leading areas in the field of nano technology and MEMS. Next year the 2012 event moves to Norway and we look forward to more insightful information on micro technology.