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Get MEMS to the Market Microlyne President and CEO Chris Lumb offers his take on how to bring MEMS products to market by identifying some of the key market drivers. Some of the most interesting areas include seismic sensors, advanced memory storage devices, and microfluidics for biomedical applications and gas flow control. He also reviews the concept behind the "open" foundry model and some of the expected changes to this model given the current economic climate. Is your company exploring these new areas? Are more organizations turning to MEMS solutions to solve problems?

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MEMS Technology Joins Semiconductor Fabrication

Beginning September 2009, as a subscriber to the GlobalSpec e-Newsletter MEMS Technology, you will receive a newly named e-Newsletter: Semiconductor & MEMS Fabrication. Look for the content of this new e-Newsletter to cover recent developments in the manufacturing tools and components needed to better fabricate and assemble semiconductor and MEMS devices for use in consumer goods, advanced scientific, and military equipment. We hope you look forward to receiving this newly named publication.

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Product Selector for Piezo and MEMS Sensors
Dytran Instruments, Inc.

Product Selector for Piezo and MEMS Sensors Dytran Instruments, Inc. has just launched a Web based product selector application. In launching this new application, Dytran continues to provide their customers with industry leading Web based support. The selector is searchable by model number as well as application, product weight, sensitivity, and technology.

Intelligent Tactile Pressure Measurement
Loadstar Sensors, Inc.

Intelligent Tactile Pressure Measurement The inTACT series of force sensors are microelectromechanical piezoresistive force sensors built from silicon using semiconductor processing techniques. These sensors were designed and built to address applications in which one needs to measure the pressure or normal force between two contacting surfaces. Learn more.

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Moving to the Sound of Music

Moving to the Sound of Music Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a microfluidic device integrating a pneumatic system that requires no electromechanical valves and is instead powered by sound waves. Short video clips explain how the researchers moved droplets on chips using sound. The technology may pave the way for the development of smartphone-sized home flu tests.

Integrating Carbon Nanotubes

Integrating Carbon Nanotubes Researchers have integrated suspended carbon nanotubes into micro-fabricated devices, opening up the possibilities for nanoscale sensing in MEMS and nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). This research is a stepping stone to MEMS — NEMS integration and the commercial utilization of carbon nanotubes as nano-electromechanical transducers.

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Efficient Micro-thermoelectric Coolers

Efficient Micro-thermoelectric Coolers Integrating a proprietary scalable MEMS micro-structuring platform technology, a new generation of thermoelectric coolers (TECs) promises to offer higher efficiency and smaller footprints. The new devices will find use in electronics device cooling applications in the telecommunications, photonics, optoelectronics, and sensors markets.

See What's in Store

See What's in Store A recent Laser Focus World editorial discusses the latest optical MEMS (MOEMS) advances. In particular, the article focuses on MEMS spatial light modulators used for pattern generation for high definition interconnect in laser direct imaging of printed circuit boards, MEMS-based adaptive optics, and a large aperture MEMS scanner module for 3D distance measurement.

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MEMS Module

MEMS Module The MEMS Module addresses design issues that arise in the micro-world. It models physical phenomena in actuators and sensors plus microfluidic and small piezoelectric devices. The module includes analyses in the stationary and transient domains as well as eigen-frequency, parametric, quasi-static, and frequency-response analyses. Learn more.

Micron-level Precision Part Inspection System
DWFritz Automation, Inc.

Micron-level Precision Part Inspection System This system provides an automated platform for high-resolution part inspection. Components are manually loaded into custom-built nests installed on Primatics .02 micron X-Y table stacks. Viewing custom screens and navigating via standard computer keyboard, the operator selects a recipe and then activates the cycle-start command. Learn more.

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Cellphone Gets Big Screen

Cellphone Gets Big Screen Cellphone users could soon be able to view video on 2000-in. screens in wide video graphics array (VGA), thanks to a newly developed module switch. The switch combines MEMS acceleration and angular velocity sensors with a proprietary software technology. Be sure to click on the embedded clips showing how users can watch video as they move the module in various directions.

Wireless MEMS Business Booming

Wireless MEMS Business Booming In contrast to the negative outlook in the current economic climate, the market for MEMS devices used in wireless consumer electronics has been trending upward, according to a recent market research study. In fact, global and consumer wireless MEMS revenue is expected to grow 6% this year to $1.24 billion, while the overall consumer electronics market will decrease by over 8%.

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Non-destructive Inspection

Non-destructive Inspection A technique for inspecting the insides of packaged MEMS chips, scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM), offers a non-destructive way for peering inside and looking between the layers of devices. A new SAM equipment tool promises to help engineers do just that without having to sacrifice a high cost part.

How Do Mirasol Displays Work?

How Do Mirasol Displays Work? Check out one of the newest MEMS manufacturing tutorials posted on YouTube. The movie clip highlights the key components associated with Qualcomm's Mirasol™ display technology, an interferometric modulator (IMOD) element that consists of a simple MEMS device composed of two conductive plates. The movie also reviews the mechanisms allowing it to function.

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STMicroelectronics' LIS35DE Motion Sensor
Available at Digi-Key

Digi-Key Corporation

STMicroelectronics' LIS35DE Motion Sensor Available at Digi-Key From Digi-Key, STMicroelectronics' LIS35DE is an ultra compact, low-power, three-axis linear accelerometer. It includes a sensing element and an IC interface able to provide the measured acceleration to the external world through an I²C/SPI serial interface. Product announcement.

H4PD1-22, Dual-axis, MEMS, PWM

Rieker Instrument Company

H4PD1-22, Dual-axis, MEMS, PWM The H4PD sensor provides dual-axis inclination sensing in a rugged environmentally protected housing. This unit incorporates a MEMS sensing element referenced to gravity with integrated temperature compensation over the industrial operating range of -40 to +85 C. Learn more.

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Know Your MEMS Best Practices

Know Your MEMS Best Practices With the goal of serving the commercial MEMS industry, the MEMS Industry Group identified several best practices for the MEMS community to adopt. These best practices are outlined in two white papers, one focusing on MEMS assembly process flow scenarios and another on wafer bonding process selection.

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UAV Gadget Snaps Best Pictures

UAV Gadget Snaps Best Pictures Small enough to fly indoors, a novel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sporting a high definition camera allows users to film from a distance of 300 feet. Thanks to its global positioning system and onboard sensors, which include solid state MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers, the UAV is capable of flying outdoors in winds up to 18 mph.

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About This Month's Topic... What Keeps Engineers From Adopting MEMS?

An amalgam of opinions from five subject experts presents existing and perceived barriers for adoption of MEMS by engineers. What do you think is the biggest hurdle to adopting MEMS? How can these barriers be overcome?

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Past Issues of this eNewsletter
Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/14/2009
Product Selector for Piezo and MEMS Sensors; Intelligent Tactile Pressure Measurement; MEMS Module; Micron-level Precision Part Inspection System; STMicroelectronics' LIS35DE Motion Sensor Available at Digi-Key; H4PD1-22, Dual-axis, MEMS, PWM
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/10/2009
In-Motion Solution; Automated Inspection and Precision Bonding System; RF MEMS Switch; Advancer Modular Wet Processing System; PECVD Oxide; Fiber Optic 2D Arrays
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/12/2009
LandMark 30 IMU; Semiconductor Testing; Positioning and Rate Table System; Shaping the Future of Integrated MEMS; Omron's D6F MEMs Flow Sensors Available at Digi-Key; PFM 2-Color Digital Display Flow Switch
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/08/2009
2009 STMicroelectronics Sensing Seminar Series Coming Soon; UL...Your Partner in Semiconductor Testing; Fabrication Services for Magnetic Micro-components; Advancer Modular Wet Processing System; Digital Air Flow Sensor; PECVD Oxide
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/10/2009
High-performance MEMS LandMark 20 IMU eXT; PFM 2-Color Digital Display Flow Switch; Magnetic MEMS; Omron MEMS Flow Sensors Now Available at Digi-Key; MEMS Optical 1x2 Switch; Compact MEMS Pressure Sensors
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/13/2009
Abracon's MEMSpeed Pro Oscillator Programmer Available at Digi-Key; RF MEMS Switch; RF MEMS Development and Fabrication Services; Silicon Microphones; MEMS Switch Matrix; Micromachining Services
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/13/2009
Fabrication Services for Magnetic Micro-components; STMicroelectronics Linear MEMS Accelerometers Available; In-Motion Solution: MEMS Package; Multi-axis Absolute MEMS Inclinometer; PECVD Oxide; Advancer Modular Wet Processing System; MEMS Optical 1x2 Switch; Compact MEMS Pressure Sensors
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/09/2009
Extend the Life of Your Wet Process Systems; Multi-axis Absolute MEMS Inclinometer; RF MEMS Development and Fabrication Services; MEMS MOEMS Optical Etching; Magnetic Coolant Filters; MEMS Device Fabrication
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/12/2008
Stainless Steel Pressure Transducer P4000; Fiber Optic 2D Arrays; Foundry for Magnetic and MEMS Microdevices; Surface Mount Basic Pressure Sensors; Affordable Sensors; Thermoelectric Infrared Sensors
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/14/2008
MEMS Actuator Development and Fabrication Services; MEMS LandMark20 IMU; Glass and Ceramic MEMS Fabrication Services; Compact MEMS Pressure Sensors; MEMS Device Fabrication; On-Demand Webinar: Rapid Product Development Using 3D CAD; Board Mountable MEMS Accelerometers; Shaping the Future of Integrated MEMS
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/10/2008
Magnetic MEMS; Wyko DMEMS NT1100; MEMS Accelerometer and Gyroscope Test RTA320; Fiber Optic MEMS Switching Cards; Custom Matrix; MEMS Thermopile Array
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/12/2008
Fall Embedded Systems Conferences; RF MEMS Development and Fabrication Services; One, Two, or Three Axis Positioning and Rate Table System; Board Mountable MEMS Accelerometers; Low Noise AHRS with Angle Output; High Performance MEMS Accelerometer; MEMS Switch Matrix; MEMS Magnetic Compass Sensor
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/08/2008
RFID World 2008; Optical Profiler for MEMS Characterization; MEMS High Performance Accelerometer; Surface-Mount Assembly; Leader in 3D MEMS Software; Need a Foundry for Magnetic Micro-Components; Foundry Service; ABRS Series Rotary Stages
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/11/2008
RFID World 2008; MEMS Actuator Development and Fabrication Services; Surface Mount Basic Pressure Sensors; Wet/Wet Differential Pressure Sensor; Can Your Foundry Do This; Three-Channel Signal Conditioner
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/13/2008
Multi-Layer GMR Films for Magnetic Sensor; Low Noise AHRS with Angle Output; Stainless Steel Pressure Transducer P4000; High Quanta CCD Image Sensors; SoC and SiP Tester; Experts from Concept to Commercialization
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/09/2008
Experts from Concept to Commercialization; MEMS Fabrication Services for Micro-Components; MEMS LandMark20 IMU - Low Noise; Automated Inspection and Precision Bonding System; MEMS Design and Manufacturing Services; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/11/2008
MEMS Nanotech; Affordable Sensors; MEMS Fabrication; MEMS; Foundry Services; Rate Sensor
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/14/2008
Multi-Standard Serial RapidIO Switch; When Perfection is Not Optional; Micro Tolerances; MEMS Device Fabrication; Micro-Component Analytical and Diagnostic Services; Specialty Composites
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/08/2008
ESC Silicon Valley 2008; High Resolution Internal; Discover the TOP 30 Worldwide MEMS Manufacturers 2007 Revenues; Multi-Standard Serial RapidIO Switch; I/O Circuits; Solid-State Optical Switch Kits
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/11/2008
Reduced Cost and Risk -- Extensive Packaging Services; Exhaustive Analysis of Inertial MEMS Applications: Gyro and Accelerometer Markets; Multi-Standard Serial RapidIO Switch; MEMS Device Fabrication; New Series 0507 Miniature Rectangular Sensors; Board-Mountable MEMS Accelerometers
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/14/2007
MEMS Motion Testing, Foundry Service: Silicon Wafer, Glass, New Series 0507 Miniature Rectangular Sensors, When Perfection is Not Optional, Micro Tolerances, Custom Chip IC Solutions, Custom ICs
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/09/2007
Analysis of Inertial MEMS Applications: Gyro and Accelerometer Markets, Series 3713 Accelerometer, A Quality Management System Fit for OEMs, Switch Series with No Moving Parts, Virtually Unlimited Lifespan, Multi-Standard Serial RapidIO Switch, Custom Chip IC Solutions, Custom ICs
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/12/2007
The MEMS Materials Database: Packaging; Marketing and Strategy Consulting; Micro Tolerances; New Led Hexadecimal Display; Single Axis MEMS Gyro and Accelerometer; Custom Chip IC Solutions, Custom ICs
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/14/2007
The MEMS Materials Database: Packaging, FBAR Technology Solutions, Changing the Way You Look At Light, MEMS Thermopile Array: Affordable Thermal Imaging, MEMS 3-Axis Accelerometer, Piezoresistive Accelerometers, Limited Production CMP Tool, Fiber Optic MEMS Switching Cards
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/10/2007
Micro-Component Analytical and Diagnostic Services, Thin Film Coating Instrumentation, Custom Design and Manufacturing Services, Portable Electronics Applications, Semiconductor Optical Amplifier
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/13/2007
Machining MEMS Elements, Thin Film - RC / RCD, MEMS Device Fabrication, Board Mountable MEMS Accelerometers, 3D Optical Profiler, CFD-ACE+ Advanced CFD and Multiphysics Software
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/08/2007
Laser Machining of Metallized PVDF Films, MEMS MOEMS Optical Etching, Tiny 1 in. x 1 in. Low-Cost Digital Compass, Shock-Proof Inclinometers, All-Optic A/B Switch Multimode SC Duplex, Remote, Semiconductor Wafer Positioning Measuring System2
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/11/2007
Analytical Testing Services, MEMS Three-Axis Accelerometer, Automated Optical Inspection Systems, Univex Coating Systems, Cellular Silicone, Semiconductor Thickness
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/13/2007
Fast Track MBA Program, Assembly Services and Capabilities, MIT Short Courses, Wafer Mapping Sensor with Background Suppression, Solid State Accelerometer, Piezoresistive Accelerometers
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/09/2007
Custom Automation Equipment, Consumer Products, Wafer Edge Grinding Wheels, High Power Pulsed Laser Diodes, Digital Compass Solution
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/09/2007
Wafer Measurement System, Plating on Steel, Kovar and Ferrous Substrates, Intelligent Optical Switching, MEMS 3-Axis Accelerometer, Embedded Software Design, Custom Chip IC Solutions
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/12/2007
Gyroscopes, Pressure Sensors, Crystal Oscillators, Amplifier for Point-to-Point Radios, Thick Film Chip Resistors, Ceramic-to-Metal RF Feedthrough
Volume 1 - Issue 9 - 12/08/2006
Laser Diodes, Wafer-Level Process Metrology, S680 Semiconductor Test System, Miniature Spectral Sensors, High Density Flexible Circuits, Miniature Power Plug
Volume 1 - Issue 8 - 11/10/2006
MicroSystems Solutions, Fast Industrial Micromachining, PCB Layout, Varying Wafers, CMP Tool, Thin Film Force Sensor
Volume 1 - Issue 7 - 10/13/2006
Membrane Switch Keypads, Simulation Software, High Voltage Integrated Circuits, Rotary Air-Bearing Stages, Piezoresistive Accelerometers, Thin Film Materials
Volume 1 - Issue 6 - 09/08/2006
MEMS and NEMS Sessions & Exhibition, Compact Fieldbus and Ethernet I/O, Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, MEMS 3-Axis Accelerometer, MEMS Device Design and Manufacturing Services, Atmospheric Plasma System
Volume 1 - Issue 5 - 08/11/2006
MEMS and NEMS Sessions and Exhibition, RF/Microwave GaAs Foundry Services, MicrophotonicsTechnology, Plating on Ceramics, Automated Wafer Instrumentation, Wafer Measurement System
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 07/14/2006
VPN Router, Digital Ionization Sensor, Tracer Gas Hardware, Power-Saving Attachment, Pressure Sensors for Oil-Free Compressors, Procurement and Backend Services
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 06/09/2006
Compact Brushless DC Gearmotor, Accelerometer with On-Board Signal Conditioning, Semiconductor Development, Magnetic Compass Sensor, Pressure Sensor Die, Atmospheric Plasma System
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 05/12/2006
Solving Your MEMS-Engineering and Material Design Problem, Digital MEMS-Based Vacuum Transducers, Facility Monitoring Laser Particle Sensor, Digital Pressure Gauge, Voice Coil Actuators for Linear Servo-Mechanisms, SME Series Sputtering Systems
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 04/14/2006
High Sensitivity Accelerometers, 3-Axis Accelerometer,Pressure Sensors for Oil-free Compressors, Engine Driver System, Design and Manufacturing Services, MEMS Process Capability for Manufacturing