MEMS transmission, rack, and polysilicon mirror: The transmission and linear rack elevate the mirror located in the lower-right of the frame. (Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories, SUMMiT™ Technologies, www.mems.sandia.gov)
the future of MEMS industry. As more players are attracted to the growing MEMS industry there will be larger need for high yield processing and specialization. Higher volume will launch Foundries. Designers will no longer have to dabble in materials & processes which require very different training.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.