by Stephen Breit, vice president of engineering, and Joost van Kuijk, vice president marketing and business development, Coventor, Inc.
Micro-electro-mechanical systems have been available for years, and have been successful in selected high-volume applications. But MEMS design is not as organized as it could be. MEMS design typically requires teams of expert specialists, and is mostly confined to IDMs that have their own fabs. Traditionally, there is also little connection between the design of a MEMS device and the electronic circuitry it interacts with, and the handoff between MEMS and IC designers is ad hoc, manual and error-prone.