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Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing

James Hogan
7/7/2010 04:24 PM EDT

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Robotics Developer   7/11/2010 2:00:12 AM
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Having worked in the ASIC industry for 18+ years I can say that the challenge with MEMs is the combination of mechanical, process dependencies, and design verification. It was difficult to move a design in production from one ASIC vendor to another, with differing package pin-outs, process technology differences (even in the same technology feature sizes), IO buffer differences; oftentimes, it was simpler to redesign. Given the vast market and the number of uniquely targeted design solutions, I look forward to seeing the challenges addressed. Perhaps, like the analog mixed signal story, it will be tools that enable the translation from one fab house to another. Chip Developers are always looking for the next best feature set in their designs and EDA tools can often help by bridging the gap.

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Silicon_Smith   7/10/2010 7:11:47 AM
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Thank you, Mr. Hogan for the wonderful insight into what goes on behind the curtains for this technology. MEMS is definitely picking up and will be widely accepted by the consumer market. Applications like motion sensing, microphones, Digital Light Processing et al. look promising as far as market volumes are concerned. We can only hope the ecosystem for design and manufacturing stabilizes soon enough to deliver much better products, especially in the consumer space. We all want more intelligent Phones, cameras and game controllers!!

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