MEMS Executive Congress Sees New Product Efforts Moving Into High Gear

Healthcare, Communications and Consumer Electronics Opportunities Drive

Integrators to Deploy MEMS

Sep 21, 2005, 01:00 ET from The MEMS Industry Group

    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The MEMS Executive Congress, a
 meeting of leaders in the MEMS commercial and technology fields brought
 together by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), today suggested that the market is
 seeing more rapid product development based on the availability of well tested
 MEMS components. At the same time, companies are moving from pursuit of large-
 scale innovation to focused development based on customer requirements and
 even customer funding.
     The Congress, which took place yesterday, attracted close to 100 attendees
 from a diverse group of markets and companies. The meeting was part of MIG's
 mission of identifying and addressing challenges facing the industry.
 Prominent speakers included representatives from Honeywell, Intel, Texas
 Instruments, IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory, Qualcomm MEMS, Medtronic, JDS
 Uniphase and Lucent Technologies. Several speakers also came from the U.S.
 government's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide
 overviews of work conducted under its contracts and a preview of upcoming
     "We've come a long way since airbags -- new MEMS devices are increasingly
 transforming the technology landscape, from life-saving healthcare products to
 high density storage," said Ellen McDevitt, executive director, MEMS Industry
 Group. "This gathering of high-level executives and technologists provided an
 extraordinary forum for insights into where the MEMS industry is going, how
 fast it's getting there and some of the solutions it has developed to meet
 lingering challenges."
     "The MEMS industry has seen significant revenue growth over the past year
 across various sectors, from integrators incorporating new MEMS devices into
 systems to independent MEMS fabs now involved in component production for
 consumer products," said Jean-Christophe Eloy, general manager, Yole
 Developpement, a Lyon, France-based market research firm specializing in MEMS
 and nanotechnology. "The foundry business in particular is growing at more
 than 30 percent per year, indicating healthy growth. We see the market
 speeding up even more, based on the availability of new, proven MEMS building
     A number of panels provided a look at industry developments. In "Making
 Money with MEMS," panelists discussed the reasons behind faster product
 development times. Kurt Peterson, chairman and CEO of SiTime, and a four-time
 entrepreneur with an silicon oscillator due out next year, attributed his
 reduced development time to previous work by a corporate partner, the
 availability of better design software, and off-the-shelf manufacturing
 equipment for MEMS. In a panel on integration challenges, Dr. Astro Teller,
 chairman and CEO of Bodymedia, a developer of wearable body monitoring
 equipment, discussed how the "iPodization of healthcare" prompted him to look
 at MEMS as a sensor solution that met critical cost and performance criteria.
 Mark Miles, the founder of MEMS-based display technology company Iridigm,
 discussed Qualcomm MEMS' interest in his start-up that led to its acquisition
 by the larger company.
     About MEMS
     MEMS is an approach to fabrication that uses, as a basis, the materials
 and processes of microelectronics fabrication and conveys the advantages of
 miniaturization, multiple components and microelectronics to the design and
 construction of integrated microstructures and electromechanical systems. MEMS
 is an enabling technology that supports and creates numerous functions in
 diverse industries.
     About the MEMS Industry Group
     MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the trade association representing the MEMS
 and microstructures industries. The Association enables the exchange of non-
 propriety information among members; provides reliable industry data that
 furthers the development of technology; and works with legislators,
 policymakers and others toward the greater commercial development and use of
 MEMS and MEMS-enabled devices. MIG is currently comprised of over 60 member
 companies, including Texas Instruments, Honeywell, Intel, XACTIX, and Northrop

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