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 http://www.memscongress.com. 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 world. 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 processing. 6. Material changes - how does the interaction of materials affect MEMS devices? 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 visit http://www.memsindustrygroup.org/METRIC2005/NIST_Metrology.asp 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 www.memsindustrygroup.org.
SOURCE MEMS Industry Group