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1/1/2012 02:19 AM EST

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karenlightman
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karenlightman   1/6/2012 6:43:34 PM
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@ROckstar - love the added comments and I agree, it's a long road to commercialization but the rewards can be great - Alissa Fitzgerald and I recently wrote a blog on just that subject "Why is MEMS so hard?" - http://www.electroiq.com/articles/stm/2011/09/mems-product-development-why-is-it-so-hard.html - and it will be a focus of the MEMS symposium I am chairing at Sensors Expo Chicago: http://www.sensorsmag.com/sensors-expo/pre-conference-symposia/symposium-1-mems-mainstream-commercialization-and-product-re

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phoenixdave   1/9/2012 12:43:46 AM
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@Karen...Since potential applications are clearly there, and the technology seems to have reached a point where widespread commercialization is possible, what do you think are the limiting factors inhibiting an explosion of products?

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yalanand   1/9/2012 8:26:35 AM
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@Karen, Very informative article. Could you please explain more about "smart buildings that could sell, use or store energy" ? Is it something like buildings will start storing solar energy ? I am not sure how to interpret it.

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elPresidente   1/10/2012 11:20:50 PM
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There's no need for potty mouth here as you scratch your balls, Karen ;-) The first use of profanity I've seen in an EE Times piece and, IMO, a very unprofessional attempt to be viewed as "one of the boys". I'm not a prude, and use language on the street that would make a sailor blush, but EE Times is not the venue for such language - save it for the bars and shipping dock. That aside, you might want to look at a decade ago. MEMS was supposed to "frickin' take off" in 2002 with bubble switches, etc - it didn't. Many investors, VCs in particular, were left holding the bag as MEMS companies folded or fizzled - good luck getting them to ride that horse again. Yes, MEMs is doing well in accelerometers and DLP. but "taking off" hasn't happened, nor will it - anything monolithic CMOS can do, CMOS will do, including clock sources. Yes, MEMs will likely set the world on fire - by going down in flames after the bubble, you are trying to recreate, bursts again. A gathering of people building flying cars is not going to put one in every garage in any foreseeable future. Your MEMs technology buddies need a market, one they haven't managed to find yet. Cheerleading doesn't create market pull, just creates a false sense of being able to win in a game where nobody bought tickets. Meanwhile, I'd prefer to have those chemical-laced "manufacturing" facilities, you seem to think are so great, poisoning the Chinese, and not my children's, groundwater and air. The US needs to focus its direction towards clean and green, not smog and dog.

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Jeremie Bouchaud   1/16/2012 2:48:46 PM
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Some facts: - 50% of all cell phones had a MEMS microphone in 2011, up from 37% in 2010 - 43% of handsets used a MEMS accelerometer in 2011 up from 38% the previous year - In average there were 10.8 MEMS sensors in each car in 2011... Yes, there have been some hypes - I remember the bubble switch of HP and the RF MEMS in 2002 - but overall I don't think your comment "Your MEMs technology buddies need a market, one they haven't managed to find yet." is right anymore. And BTW, even RF MEMS in handsets are no longer a hype, we found the first RF MEMS tuner in a Samsung handset a few weeks ago!

karenlightman
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karenlightman   1/19/2012 4:37:33 PM
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@Jeremie Bouchaud thanks for your list of key facts supporting the fact that MEMS is a real industry with real history and a really great future; not to be likened to "flying cars" as referenced by @El Presidente. MEMS will continue to make the world a better, safer, cleaner place - with MEMS in buildings and medical devices we'll see buildings that shut themselves off when no-one is inside them; and stroke patients able to walk and move again thanks stabilization gyros. I could go on and on....

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