January 19, 2022
Fig. 3. Block diagram of the multi-domain simulation. Courtesy of Waseda University, Professor Ikehashi laboratory.

Shaking Your World: Using MEMS Seismometers to Monitor Earthquakes

In any given year, we expect about 16 major earthquakes worldwide, 15 of which are in the magnitude 7 range and one in the magnitude 8.0 range or greater [1]. […]
December 14, 2021

Digital Twins for MEMS Product Development

A digital twin is a digital representation of a real-world item, and includes software objects or models that represents these real-world items.   In MEMS product development, digital twins (or software […]
November 18, 2021
Figure 1: Commercial True Wireless Stereo earbuds (Courtesy: Apple, Inc.).

Make your Voice Heard: The Latest Advances in MEMS Voice Sensors

In a previous blog post published in September 2020, I stated that MEMS microphone demand is being driven by customer-requested audio features such as stereo sound, voice recognition, sound directivity, […]
September 17, 2021

Announcing CoventorMP 2.0

We are very pleased to announce the release of our latest MEMS design software, CoventorMP® 2.0!  With the new release, automated parametric design variation for simulation in both MEMS+® and […]
August 13, 2021
Figure 1: Courtesy, Sam Zhang, Analog Devices

The Latest Techniques that Provide Insight into Package Stress and Temperature Deformation of a MEMS-based Gyroscope

Transducers 2021 is a prestigious international conference that reviews advances in Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems.   At this year’s conference, there were 391 papers presented from 29 different countries with […]
July 25, 2021

The Best and Fastest Ways to Learn MEMS Design

In 2003, Benedetto Vigna mused that a key to successful MEMS design was “lateral thinking of ‘Leonardo-like’ MEMS engineers … who have a breadth of skills and knowledge in technological […]
May 20, 2021
Figure 4:  CoventorMP® model of bridge-type RF switch in its undeformed, “up” state

RF MEMS Switches: Understanding their Operation, Advantages, and Future

RF MEMS switches are small, micromechanical switches that have low power consumption and can be produced using conventional MEMS fabrication technology. They are similar to a light switch in a […]
April 29, 2021
Figure 2: Piezoelectric µ-mirror

Overview of Piezoelectric MEMS: Principles, Applications and the Future

What is Piezoelectricity? Piezoelectricity is a property of certain materials to become electrically polarized under strain and stress. This phenomenon has been studied extensively since it was first discovered in […]
September 14, 2020
Figure 2:  Double Backplate MEMS Microphone MEMS+ Model Example

An Explanation of New MEMS Microphone Technology and Design

What is a MEMS Microphone? MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) microphones are micro-scale devices that provide high fidelity acoustic sensing and are small enough to be included in a tightly-integrated electronic product. […]
June 26, 2020
Virtually every MEMS and sensor device inside the latest electronic products has been made using Lam Research equipment

Enabling Better MEMS from Concept to High Volume Manufacturing

Lam Research® is one of the top equipment suppliers in the semiconductor ecosystem. As a trusted, collaborative partner to the world’s leading semiconductor companies, Lam Research is a fundamental enabler […]
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