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?
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.