VIP, High-Level MEMS Executive Congress, Technical Conference (METRIC 2005) and NIST Metrology Workshop to be Hosted by MEMS Industry Group on September 20-22, 2005

    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration is filling fast for the
 MEMS Executive Congress, the VIP, high-level conference featuring industry
 leaders from numerous MEMS-related industries. Hosted by the MEMS Industry
 Group (MIG), the trade association representing the MEMS and microstructures
 industries, this inaugural one-day event will be held on Tuesday, September
 20, 2005 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. The Congress is
 open to executives with an interest in MEMS technology and is open to members
 and non-members of MIG. Registration costs $795; MIG members will receive a
 significant discount.
     Following the Executive Congress, MIG will host, for a fifth year, its
 annual meeting and technical conference, the MEMS Technology Roadmap and
 Industry Congress (METRIC) 2005, on September 21-22, 2005. Funded with support
 from DARPA, this year's METRIC topic will focus on key technical and
 scientific challenges to successful MEMS commercialization. METRIC is open to
 MIG members only.
     Following the close of METRIC, MIG will co-host a Metrology Workshop with
 the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1-4 p.m. on
 September 22. The workshop will discuss the metrology needs for micro nano
 systems technologies. The workshop is open to members and non-members of MIG.
     About the MEMS Executive Congress
     The MEMS Executive Congress is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with
 leaders in the business of MEMS. Unlike any other conference, the Congress
 brings together a wide range of top business leaders from an international,
 diverse spectrum of industries (bio, automotive, data storage, defense, mobile
 phones...even golf).
     Congress keynotes include: Dan Sheflin, Vice President of Advanced
 Technologies and CTO, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and Dr.
 Valluri Rao, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Fellow and Director of
 Microsystems Technologies, Intel Corporation.  Dr. Rick Satava, MD, Program
 Manager, DARPA will be the guest speaker for the pre-conference reception on
 the evening of the 19th and Jean-Christophe Eloy, Managing Director and
 Founder, Yole Development will give a lunchtime presentation on the current
 MEMS market on the 20th.
     The Congress will feature three panels:
      -- Panel 1 - "Making Money with MEMS" will showcase companies that have
         "been there - done that" and have successfully brought their MEMS-
         enabled products to market. They will share what they have learned to
         reach the point of profitability. Featured companies include: Texas
         Instruments, SensoNor, Micralyne, VTI Technologies and Akustica.
      -- Panel 2 - "Successful MEMS Integrators" will showcase companies that
         have recently rolled out their MEMS-enabled product(s) or plan to
         rollout within one year. These panelists will share some of the
         challenges and benefits of integrating MEMS in their products.
         Featured companies include: CardioMEMS, SmartSwing Golf, JDS Uniphase,
         Bodymedia and MEMSCAP.
      -- Panel 3 - "Challenges to MEMS Integration" will showcase companies
         that are in the process of integrating MEMS but have yet to release a
         MEMS-integrated product. These panelists will share their experiences
         in their ongoing efforts to integrate MEMS. Featured companies
         include: Lucent Technologies, Medtronic, IBM, Qualcomm MEMS and
         Northrop Grumman.
     Panelists scheduled to appear at the congress include several industry
 heavy hitters including: John C. Van Scoter, Senior Vice President DLP
 Products, Texas Instruments; Dr. Michel Despont, Manager, Micro- and
 Nanofabrication Group, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory; Dr. Susanne Arney,
 Director, Microsystems and Nanotechnology Research, Bell Labs and New Jersey
 Nanotechnology Consortium, Lucent Technologies; Mark Miles, Senior Consultant,
 Qualcomm MEMS; Dr. Ken Gabriel, Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO, Akustica; Dr.
 Mark Allen, Co-Founder and CTO, CardioMEMS; and Dr. Sarah Audet, Director,
 Sensor Discovery Engineering, Medtronic. For more information about this event
 please visit
     About METRIC 2005
     METRIC 2005 is the annual meeting and technical conference for MIG
 members. Though in years past MIG invited special guests to participate in
 this hands-on working conference, this year MIG has decided to hold METRIC
 exclusively for MIG members. The focus of this year's METRIC is critical
 scientific and technical challenges to MEMS commercialization. At METRIC 2005,
 MIG will deliver a workbook that includes months of primary and secondary
 research undertaken by MIG staff, guided by its volunteer Steering Committee.
 Six working groups will use the workbook to delve into the following topics
 affecting the MEMS industry:
      1. The MEMS conundrum - challenges to creating multi-physics models at
         the system level.
      2. Proving the package - testing for functionality in a multi-domain
      3. Nothing but blue sky? The role of new science and how companies use
         (or chose not to use) existing processes and materials.
      4. Cost Concerns - challenges to system integration and packaging issues
         while trying to reduce costs.
      5. Is fab-less really fabulous? Fabrication challenges for tools and
      6. Material changes - how does the interaction of materials affect MEMS
     Led by industry experts, the METRIC Working Groups will come up with
 recommendations and specific action items to move the industry forward.
 Results of these comprehensive activities and research will be included in
 MIG's Industry Report - Focus on Critical Scientific and Technical Challenges
 to MEMS Commercialization; available to MIG members February 2006.
     About the MIG/NIST Metrology Workshop
     The MIG/NIST Metrology Workshop will be held after METRIC 2005 on
 September 22, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. Registration is limited to 40 attendees. A
 light lunch will be served. Thanks to the generous support of NIST, this event
 is free.
     The Metrology Workshop will discuss the metrology needs for micro nano
 systems technologies. Developers of these technologies still struggle in
 fabricating highly reliable products because of a lack of adequate metrology,
 including the need for improvements in static and dynamic performance testing,
 and the development of reliability and compatibility test methods for the
 thin-film materials. The need for international standards is also prevalent
 and the US must take a leadership role in order to ensure that the US can be
 competitive on the world market.
     Based on a series of workshops, including the one to be held at METRIC
 2005, NIST will create a report of recommendations for NIST's Micro Nano
 Technologies Metrology Roadmap. For more information about his event please
     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 MEMS Industry Group
     MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the trade association representing the U.S.
 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 Intel, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Northrop Grumman,
 Bosch, and IBM. For more information about MIG please visit

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