Recently I was fortunate enough to be invited on a tour of the vibrant MEMS cluster that exists in the hinterland immediately north of Helsinki, Finland. I arrived at Helsinki airport on the evening flight from London at 11pm and it was still a relatively bright twilight.
Next morning the weather was warm and cloudless and it was off to MEMS wafer maker Okmetic Oyj in Vantaa.
Okmetic's wafer making faclity in Vantaa, Finland. Expansion to allow manufacture of more thick-SOI wafers for MEMS applications is taking place on the far side of the building.
Where I was met by my Okmetic hosts:
Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, senior vice president products and Markku Tilli, senior vice president research
Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing. The video of the robot cycler is interesting. But, doesn't it put his feet down? How does the bicycle remains vertical even when not pedaling? Does the robot include a gyroscope?
@Peter Clarke: nice slides, MEMS approaching $5.7B in a couple of years, it is not surprising that many countries are jumping to the arena.
What is the longer term plan for these efforts, beyond the R&D and prototyping? Where do they intend to manufacture?
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