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March 27, 2014

Mtg: MEMS Wars: A New Hope

by @ 7:36 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

WEDNESDAY April 30, 2014
SCV MEMS and Sensors Chapter
– from pariah, custom-built, credibility, surge …
Speaker: Dr. Kurt Petersen, Palios Inc.
Time: Pizza and networking at 7:15 PM: Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $5 donation for pizza
Place: Qualcomm Cafe, Building B, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

The history of MEMS has been incredibly â??bumpyâ?. During the 70â??s and 80â??s, when the MEMS market was only 1% of the semiconductor market, MEMS was somewhat of a pariah in the semiconductor industry.  Most MEMS wafers were fabricated in special, custom-built, MEMS fabs.  CMOS fabs did not want to see MEMS products because the processes were so different from CMOS, even incompatible, even damaging to CMOS equipment.  With the success of the DLP, ink jet nozzle chips, pressure sensors, and accelerometers in the mid to late 90â??s, MEMS began to have some credibility.  Then the crash of the dot com boom and the implosion of the fiber optic switching market in 2001 gave MEMS a severe black eye.  When the FBAR was first productized in this period, Avago went to great pains to claim that the FBAR was NOT a MEMS device.  MEMS surged again in popularity in the late 2010â??s as microphones, gyros, and accelerometers were sold by the 100â??s of millions into cell phones.  Today, many MEMS products are mostly accepted by CMOS foundries, however, there is a belief that MEMS device volumes are â??peakingâ?.  Havenâ??t we invented all the MEMS devices/products already?
In this presentation, we will discuss new opportunities for new MEMS devices and even greater volume markets for MEMS devices.  After many battles, MEMS may be entering a new period of innovation.


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