This year's MEMS Executive Congress will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona November 7 - 9. The conference is a unique professional forum at which executives from companies designing and manufacturing MEMS technology sit side-by-side with their end-user customers in panel discussions and networking events to exchange ideas and information about the use of MEMS in commercial applications. By creating an intimate forum for decision-makers, the goal of the Congress is to define, collaborate on, and grow the global MEMS market by connecting the MEMS supply chain (including device manufacturers, designers, equipment and material suppliers) with end-users and potential end-users of MEMS.
During his presentation at the Globalpress event in Santa Cruz last week, Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and General Manager of Akustica, Inc., described a new single-chip digital MEMS microphone for high-quality voice applications in laptops, tablets and netbook PCs.
Coventor’s MEMS+ platform established a new standard for MEMS+IC design when it was introduced last year. Offering links to the Cadence Virtuoso environment, it provides a common platform and efficient methodology for MEMS and IC designers. With the latest release of MEMS+, Coventor has added integration with MATLAB Simulink, allowing true system level design and analysis, and a common MEMS model across the entire design process.
SiTime Corporation, the industry leader in MEMS-based analog semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has 85% share of the MEMS-based timing market, according to a recent report from Yole Développement, a leading MEMS technology consulting firm. The report also forecasted that the MEMS-based timing market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 80% from 2010 to 2015.
Analog Devices Inc. and Xsens Technologies B.V., a leading supplier of 3D motion tracking products, have collaborated to develop real-time motion capture technology that is being used for character animation in major motion pictures, including the 2010 releases of “Alice in Wonderland” and the recently released No. 1 box office hit “Iron Man 2.” Incorporated in a lightweight body suit used to record physical movement, the technology is enabling real-time, interactive special effects environments and breakthrough workflows that are transforming the way filmmakers and production teams plan and create movies. Leading video game developers also have adopted the motion capture technology for use in computer-generated character development.
Austriamicrosystems has announced the AS5165, a contactless magnetic angle position sensor for accurate angular measurement over a full 360°. The new high-resolution magnetic rotary sensor offers best-in-class protection features for reliable operation in harsh automotive environments and includes a SENT J2716* interface for simple transmission of high-resolution sensor information.
While attending the latest Globalpress event, I met with a company I did not know before: Coventor. The meeting, as well as a panel discussion during the Globalpress event, gave me the opportunity to learn more about a segment of the semiconductor industry that is not well known in EDA: MEMS. These devices are actually quite interesting and the technology involved as challenging as a new process technology.