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August 26, 2008

Mtg: Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

by @ 1:09 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, NanoEngineering, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors
 

TUESDAY September 16, 2008
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Alissa M. Fitzgerald, Founder and Managing Member, A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ieee.org/nano

MEMS, or Microsystems (MST), is a catch-all name for the manufacturing technologies that enable the fabrication of micro-scale sensors and actuators on silicon (and glass) wafers.? MEMS grew out of the semiconductor industry, and uses many of the same tools, but that is where the similarity ends.? MEMS is a highly fragmented, non-standardized industry that more closely resembles the custom machine-shop world, albeit at much smaller dimensions.? Hundreds of innovative and exciting devices have been developed which are finding application across all industries.? MEMS are in your car, your cell phone, in biotech laboratories, at the doctor’s office, and even in the “Waving Torches” used in the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.? This talk will provide an introduction to MEMS, an overview of how they are made, and a review of current and future applications of this exciting technology.

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