MEMS Industry Group Developing Industry Roadmap

- Hosts Gathering of MEMS Researchers

- MEMS-IG Survey Provides Industry Insight



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from MEMS Industry Group

    PITTSBURGH, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The MEMS
 Industry Group (MEMS-IG) hosts the first annual gathering of
 microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) researchers, executives and
 entrepreneurs.  In addition to survey research conducted by MEMS-IG, the MEMS
 Technology Roadmap and Industry Congress (METRIC) will develop an industry
 roadmap to advance MEMS technology and commercialization.  Companies such as
 Xerox, Intel, Honeywell and a host of small businesses commercializing MEMS
 technology will attend METRIC taking place here April 24 and April 25, 2001.
     "Coupled with the survey results, METRIC is going to make significant
 headway in identifying the drivers, indicators and challenges facing MEMS
 technology and applications," said Dr. Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, founding
 co-director of MEMS-IG.  "We expect to be in a position to analyze all of the
 gathered information and deliver a clear picture of the MEMS industry later
 this summer."
     "Through the direction provided by MEMS-IG and based on the information
 gathered at METRIC and through our survey, we envision an association of
 members that will benefit both as fierce competitors in the marketplace and as
 a unified industry in matters that affect our common interests," said Dr. John
 Seely Brown, founding co-director of MEMS-IG.  "METRIC represents the first
 gathering of small and large companies and MEMS visionaries that will define
 this industry, collectively mapping MEMS technology and charging toward
 greater commercialization."
     Prior to METRIC, MEMS-IG surveyed members, leading researchers and
 commercializers on the state of the technology and industry.  The first MEMS-
 IG Annual Report, expected in mid-July, will include complete results of MEMS
 roadmapping efforts as well as additional industry statistics.  Preliminary
 results of the research show:
      -- Demand for additional independent MEMS fabrication foundries is
          increasing.
      -- Emerging applications are increasingly in the information and
          biomedical area, such as optical switches and personal drug delivery
          devices.
      -- Over the past two years, there have been approximately 300 start-up
          companies (representing a four-fold increase) commercializing MEMS
          technology.
 
     To obtain copies of the MEMS-IG Annual Report, contact Ms. Margo Corey at
 412-337-8814 or visit the MEMS-IG website at (www.memsindustrygroup.org).
 
     About MEMS Industry Group
     MEMS Industry Group is the trade association representing the U.S. MEMS
 industry.  The Association's mission is to enable the exchange of non-
 propriety information among members; provide reliable industry data that
 furthers the development of technology; and, to work with legislators,
 policymakers and others toward the greater commercial development and use of
 MEMS and MEMS-enabled devices.  For more information, visit
 http://www.memsindustrygroup.org.
     MEMS-IG continues to grow.  Founding members include Corning (NYSE:   GLW),
 Honeywell (NYSE:   HON), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), Xactix, Xerox (NYSE:   XRX) and JDS
 Uniphase (Nasdaq: JDSU).
 
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    PITTSBURGH, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The MEMS
 Industry Group (MEMS-IG) hosts the first annual gathering of
 microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) researchers, executives and
 entrepreneurs.  In addition to survey research conducted by MEMS-IG, the MEMS
 Technology Roadmap and Industry Congress (METRIC) will develop an industry
 roadmap to advance MEMS technology and commercialization.  Companies such as
 Xerox, Intel, Honeywell and a host of small businesses commercializing MEMS
 technology will attend METRIC taking place here April 24 and April 25, 2001.
     "Coupled with the survey results, METRIC is going to make significant
 headway in identifying the drivers, indicators and challenges facing MEMS
 technology and applications," said Dr. Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, founding
 co-director of MEMS-IG.  "We expect to be in a position to analyze all of the
 gathered information and deliver a clear picture of the MEMS industry later
 this summer."
     "Through the direction provided by MEMS-IG and based on the information
 gathered at METRIC and through our survey, we envision an association of
 members that will benefit both as fierce competitors in the marketplace and as
 a unified industry in matters that affect our common interests," said Dr. John
 Seely Brown, founding co-director of MEMS-IG.  "METRIC represents the first
 gathering of small and large companies and MEMS visionaries that will define
 this industry, collectively mapping MEMS technology and charging toward
 greater commercialization."
     Prior to METRIC, MEMS-IG surveyed members, leading researchers and
 commercializers on the state of the technology and industry.  The first MEMS-
 IG Annual Report, expected in mid-July, will include complete results of MEMS
 roadmapping efforts as well as additional industry statistics.  Preliminary
 results of the research show:
      -- Demand for additional independent MEMS fabrication foundries is
          increasing.
      -- Emerging applications are increasingly in the information and
          biomedical area, such as optical switches and personal drug delivery
          devices.
      -- Over the past two years, there have been approximately 300 start-up
          companies (representing a four-fold increase) commercializing MEMS
          technology.
 
     To obtain copies of the MEMS-IG Annual Report, contact Ms. Margo Corey at
 412-337-8814 or visit the MEMS-IG website at (www.memsindustrygroup.org).
 
     About MEMS Industry Group
     MEMS Industry Group is the trade association representing the U.S. MEMS
 industry.  The Association's mission is to enable the exchange of non-
 propriety information among members; provide reliable industry data that
 furthers the development of technology; and, to work with legislators,
 policymakers and others toward the greater commercial development and use of
 MEMS and MEMS-enabled devices.  For more information, visit
 http://www.memsindustrygroup.org.
     MEMS-IG continues to grow.  Founding members include Corning (NYSE:   GLW),
 Honeywell (NYSE:   HON), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), Xactix, Xerox (NYSE:   XRX) and JDS
 Uniphase (Nasdaq: JDSU).
 
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