Haruo Matsuno, president and CEO of Advantest Corporation (TSE:6857, NYSE:ATE) shares the company's major goals, including expansion into new measurement applications, utilization of cloud computing, and more.
The USPTO is looking to increase the diversity of honorees for its annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), honoring "this nation's creative geniuses."
Alchimer's Electrografting (eG) technology has been validated by scientists at RTI International (RTI). The paper confirmed that electrografting is a proven technology for depositing "insulator, barrier and seedlayer into high aspect ratio TSVs for 3D integration applications."
Tessera received notice from Powertech Technology Inc. (PTI) that it will terminate its license agreement with the semiconductor packaging and optics technology company. Tessera also completed phase 1 of its acquisition of camera module technologies from Flextronics.
Karen Lightman, the Managing Director of the MEMS Industry Group, blogs from the MEMS Executive Congress Europe, which was held March 20th, in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sensors in Design 2012 was opened March 28 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, in conjunction with Design West. Blogger Mike Fury reports.
At the recent Common Platform Technology Forum -- produced by Global Foundries, Samsung and IBM -- Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager of the physical IP division at ARM, spoke about the impact of the internet of things and mobile computing on the way electronics are designed and used.
The SIA shows 2011 worldwide semiconductor sales hit $299.5 billion, a 0.4% year-on-year increase and new record. Semico Research's forecast for 2012 shows a 10.11% growth in semiconductors revenues over 2011. Barclays Capital and Strategy Analytics also weigh in.
The 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, this June in Honolulu, HI, will foster joint interactions among device technologists and circuit/system designers with overlapping technical programs of both symposia, and joint focus sessions on important topics.
Researchers at Brown University are working on a new sensor, based on plasmaonic interferometers, that can check blood sugar levels by measuring glucose concentrations in saliva instead.
For the first time, Apple Inc. has publicly published a list of over 150 companies that the electronics giant says represent 97% of its procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of products worldwide.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc.'s mirasol display technology is used in 2 new e-readers for the Chinese market, the Hanvon C18 and the Bambook Sunflower from Shanda Networking.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc. and e-reader provider Koobe announced the next-generation Jin Yong Reader uses MEMS display technology. The original Jin Yong Reader had a black and white display.
While Apple's release of the iPhone 4S in Q4 2011 "unleashed tremendous pent-up demand" from consumers, Samsung used its broad range of smartphones to take the top spot, reports IHS.
EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium, announced at its annual general meeting that Carlos Lee has been appointed as director general, succeeding Thomas Pearsall, who has led the association since its founding in 2003.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the third day: leakage and TDDB in low- κ dielectrics, flexible energy storage and conversion, Mn capping layers and diffusion barriers, hard masks for Cu interconnects, nanogenerators, Cu in RF, flexible temperature sensors, NEMS and MEMS in HDD, ZnO nanostructures, and various aspects of CMP.
The 10th Annual MEMS Technology Symposium sponsored by MEPTEC (MicroElectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council) was held May 23 at the San Jose Holiday Inn. This year’s theme was “Sensors: A Foundation for Accelerated MEMS Market Growth to $1 Trillion.”
Libelium, a wireless sensor networks platform provider, has released a list of 54 sensor applications for a smarter world, covering the most disruptive sensor and “internet of things” applications.
SEMI presented US Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) with its 2012 North American Government Leadership Award for his leadership and support of the US microelectronics and photovoltaic manufacturing value chain.
Contributing editor Steve Groothuis reviews a book titled “Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Smart Materials, Structures, and Systems).” The book highlights the progression from the basic principles behind energy harvesting to the comprehensive systems that control the sensing, actuation, and transmission of those devices.
Media tablets, experiencing "remarkably rapid ascension," will become the 4th largest application for semiconductors by 2014, up from 35th in 2010, according to IHS.
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) has formed a new working group and identify various alternatives to encourage startups to innovate, woo investors, generate returns, and keep generating sustainable industry M&A.
Communications applications are far and away the leading growth market for ICs over the next five years, and PCs and consumer applications have fallen far back in the pack.
At the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, An Chen of GLOBALFOUNDRIES presented a survey of emerging nanoelectronic devices, which he divided into two categories: Charge-based and non-charge based.
STMicroelectronics has a new strategic plan that will focus on five product areas (MEMS/sensors, smart power, automotive products, microcontrollers, and application processors), and also exit its mobile chip JV with communications giant Ericsson.
MIPI Alliance has formed an open "Birds of a Feather" (BoF) group that will investigate the requirements related to integrating sensors into mobile systems. The group will address challenges facing the sensor and wireless markets.
Despite graphene's promise as a material in future electronics with excellent properties in almost all applications, it still faces difficulties in market acceptance, according to a report from IDTechEx.
We've scanned the entire conference program for next week's 58th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), to present a quick sampling of some of the more intriguing papers.
Qualcomm Incorporated announced an expansion of its display technology agreement between its subsidiary Pixtronix, Inc. and Sharp Corporation to develop and commercialize high-quality color, low-power MEMS displays incorporating IGZO technology.
Each December, IBM unveils the 5 in 5 -- five predictions about technology innovations that will change the way we work, live and play within the next five years.
Magnetic sensor semiconductors are robust but steady in application sectors like automotive, military/medical, and data processing. But the devices saw 50% growth in one segment last year: wireless/consumer, according to IHS.
Chip scaling will go on for the foreseeable future, enabling new product with more compute power, more memory, faster on-chip communication. That was one of the conclusions put forth by imec’s An Steegen, speaking on technology trends at The ConFab 2012.
The ConFab’s sessions opened with “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry,” featuring Jackie Sturm of Intel, Dan Hutcheson of VLSIresearch, and Jim Feldhan of Semico.
The first MEMS Business Forum, sponsored by MEMS Journal and MEPTEC (MicroElectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council) was held May 24 at the Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel. Ten speakers presented on topics ranging from near- and mid-term business opportunities to roles of MEMS in broad visions for the future.
At imec's International Technology Forum, Denis Wirtz, co-director of the John Hopkins Institute for NanoBio Technology, described the latest efforts to fight cancer.
At imec's International Technology Forum, Roel Baets, director of the Centre for Nano- and Biophotonics Ghent University, Belgium, said silicon photonics will drastically change the way bio research is conducted.
At imec’s International Technology Forum, Peter Peumans, department director bio-nano electronics of imec, described promising examples of : technologies that connect biology and Microsystems: Biotechnology: bioreactors, neuroprobes, high speed cell inspection, and high-throughput molecular analysis.
Intel's Jackie Sturm will bring to light some of the emerging, growth markets for semiconductors, and what they mean for chipmakers and the fab suppliers in the first session of The ConFab, “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry.”
Propelled by strong sales to tablet and cellphone manufacturers, AKM led the semiconductor magnetic sensor market for the third year in a row in 2011. Of the top-10 magnetic sensor suppliers, Memsic saw the highest growth: 1340%.
At the recent imec International Technology Forum Press Gathering in Leuven, Belgium, imec CEO Luc Van den hove outlined uses in blood cell sorting, mobile apps for personalized medicine (such as brain monitoring of EEG activity), and advanced bio research.
Tokyo Electron (TEL) and imec announce the participation of TEL in imec’s bio-research program Human++. The agreement includes collaboration on bio-sensors and specialty imaging.
Imec, Holst Centre and Panasonic have developed a new prototype of a wireless EEG (electroencephalogram) headset.
Big data, 3D printing, activity streams, Internet TV, Near Field Communication (NFC) payment, cloud computing and media tablets are some of the fastest-moving technologies identified in Gartner Inc.'s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.
Scientists at Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT, together with Ketek GmbH, have developed a novel, silicon-based optical sensor component called a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM).
Macroeconomic malaise continues to weigh down global semiconductor sales, although there's a possible ray of hope for a boost by year's end thanks to introduction of much-desired electronics devices (hello iPhone 5).
At the upcoming International Electron Device Meeting, Macronix researchers will describe how they built flash memories that could heal themselves by means of tiny onboard heaters that provide thermal annealing just at the spots where it is needed.
At this year’s IEDM, a team led by Korea’s Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology will detail a high-speed pattern-recognition system comprising CMOS “neurons” and an array of resistive-RAM (RRAM)-based “synapses,” which demonstrated STDP, a brain-like function.
UC Santa Barbara researchers demonstrate first n-type field effect transistors on monolayer tungsten diselenide with record performance.
Market demand for new sensors will lead to a $6.4B market by 2018.
In the development of new MEMS products, the team is the most important factor.
Fab equipment spending will grow two percent year-over-year (US$ 32.5 billion) for 2013 and about 23 to 27 percent in 2014 ($41 billion) according to the May edition of the SEMI World Fab Forecast.
The winning teams successfully conceptualized, developed and built demonstrable prototypes of entirely new applications using ST's iNEMO MEMS sensor-fusion modules.
MEMS Industry Group (MIG), a global industry organization with more than 140 member-companies and partners, will welcome micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), medical industry and academic experts to Cambridge, Mass. for Member-to-Member (M2M) Forum 2013, a conference on the MEMS connection to advancements in healthcare, medical and biomedical applications.
MEMS pressure sensors will achieve accelerated growth this year and become the leading type of MEMS device, driven by increasing use in automotive and the fast-growing handset space, according to insights from the IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Service from information and analytics provider IHS.
STMicroelectronics has revealed that its Orly system-on-chip (SoC) is powering a new generation of advanced set-top boxes announced on April 17 from NTT Plala Inc., an Internet / IPTV service provider in Japan. This STB has been developed by Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc., a Japanese equipment producer for home entertainment and broadband service providers, with operations around the world.
Element Six last week announced, in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, the entanglement of electron spin qubits (quantum bits) in two synthetic diamonds separated in space.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) recently joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a partner in an ongoing NSF project to further develop compact models of emerging nanoelectronic devices such as might be used in next-generation consumer electronics.
Once again demonstrating Apple’s power to ordain winners in the electronics supply chain, the top suppliers last year of microelectromechanical systems microphones were those that provided devices for iPhones and iPads.
IMT, the largest pure-play MEMS foundry in the US, announced today the appointment of MEMS industry pioneer and technology visionary Dr. Kurt Petersen to the IMT board of directors.
The total market for open short-range wireless (SRW) technology based ICs, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, NFC, and GPS, is expected to reach almost 5 billion units in 2013 and grow to nearly 8 billion by 2018, according to ABI Research. This includes standalone wireless connectivity ICs, wireless connectivity combo ICs, and also platforms with integrated wireless connectivity.
An estimated 405 million handsets, including 197 million smartphones, were shipped in the first quarter of 2013, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Veredus Laboratories, a supplier of innovative molecular diagnostic tools, announced the launch of VereTropTM, the first biochip in the molecular diagnostics market that can identify 13 different major tropical diseases from a single blood sample.
In another sign of the worldwide shift in preferred personal devices, PC shipments posted the steepest decline ever in a single quarter, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker (IDC).
It sounds futuristic, but today Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing edible electronic devices that can be implanted in the body to improve patient care.
Veredus Laboratories today announced that the current version of VereFlu detects the current subtype of H7N9 (Avian Flu) that is responsible for the flu outbreak in China. H7N9 is the latest mutation to cause concern and increased surveillance in the region.
From smart wristwatches that record heart rates, to intelligent armbands that track physical activities, wearable electronics and fitness monitoring devices are attracting increased attention from health-conscious consumers, causing shipments of MEMS sensors used in these products to more than quadruple in just five years.
Controlling the shapes of nanometer-sized catalytic and electrocatalytic particles made from noble metals such as platinum and palladium may be more complicated than previously thought.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are increasingly turning to electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers to better handle the escalating volumes of electronic content in the medical industry.
MEMS Industry Group (MIG) today announced its conference and exposition line-up for the 2013 Sensors Expo and Conference.
Combo MEMS sensors for automotive applications are off to another exhilarating ride this year as revenue continues to climb, spurred by rapidly accelerating use in car safety systems.
The fast growing market for sensors for smart phones is re-shuffling the ranks of MEMS suppliers. For the first time, suppliers of inertial sensors have surpassed the major makers of micro mirrors and inkjet heads that have long dominated the industry on Yole Développement’s annual ranking of the Top 30 MEMS companies.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a novel technology that would facilitate close monitoring of structures for strain, stress and early formation of cracks.
The gyroscope market is driven by mobile applications, where until recently only two players, STMicroelectronics (ST) and InvenSense, were competing.
The evolution of smart grids is a priority in a number of countries, including EU and the US, and will eventually create a smart energy network that manages a huge amount of data in 24-hour intervals.
Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.
Over the last few years, glass has gained considerable interest from the semiconductor industry due to its very attractive electrical, physical and chemical properties, as well as its prospects for a relevant and cost-efficient solution. The application scope of glass substrates in the semiconductor field is broad and highly diversified.
TESEC Corporation today announced the development and sales of the ULTRA MEMS Handler, targeting Inertial (Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Magnetometer) MEMS devices.
Only light, aerial oxygen, and a catalyst are needed to remove pollutants from water. Ruhr-Universitat Bochum researchers led by Professor Radim Beránek are collaborating with colleagues from seven different countries in order to develop a photocatalyst that is efficient enough to be profitable.
The ability to improve silicon transistors is reaching its fundamental limit, so researchers are searching for new ways to keep making electronic devices faster and more powerful. University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists and colleagues have taken a major step toward breaking that silicon barrier.
Nanobiotechnology, an integration of physical sciences, molecular engineering, biology, chemistry and biotechnology holds considerable promise of advances in pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
Imec demonstrated a low-power (20µW), intra-cardiac signal processing chip for the detection of ventricular fibrillation at this week’s International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2013) in San Francisco with Olympus.
Sensors and optoelectronics will continue to grow faster than the mainstream semiconductor market. We currently expect 9%-13% growth in these sectors in 2013, accompanied by rapid changes in technology and market structures.
The global market for MEMS microphones has reached approximately $422 million in 2012. The market is predicted to increase to $865 million in 2017.
Microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices are shaping the competitive landscape in the global medical device industry.
Tablet and cellphone processors, NAND flash, and telecom-specific ICs to enjoy best growth.
Roland Thomas, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes of the substantial growth and future in key areas of technology.
Tronics kicks-off the industrialization of a unique piezoresistive nanowire MEMS technology that can take 9 DOF motion sensors to a new level of competitiveness.
In the second article of the MEMS new product development blog, the importance of the first prototype will be discussed.
STMicroelectronics and the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science have announced that a sophisticated bird-tracking system developed by the university is using advanced MEMS sensing technology from ST.
A strong uptake in consumer and mobile devices will power the market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to solid revenue growth in 2013, with breakthroughs in new sensor applications also expected this year, according to insights from the IHS iSuppli MEMS service at information and analytics provider IHS.
A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics signed an agreement to collaborate with Petroleum Geo-Services to develop a high performance MEMS-based sensor for deep sea seismic oil and gas exploration.
Joint effort will drive innovative engine-train and smart-power products
A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics, or IME, and Stanford University will collaborate to advance innovations in nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) switch technology for ultra-low power digital systems.
GCAP targets a range of industrial applications as well as research labs, advanced gas analysis and biomedical screening.
Smartphones and media tablets continue to the prime movers of technology industries, with the two mobile platforms spurring a double-digit increase in the market for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motion sensors this year.
Components are prominent this year, on the main stage, and the CES exhibit floors.Todd Traylor of Smith & Associates reports.
In David DiPaola's blog, he discuss the critical factors needed for success in the early stage of new MEMS product development.
SiTime Corp. introduced the SiT8920 MEMS oscillator for industrial and high reliability applications.
MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will host its second annual MEMS Executive Congress® Europe, March 12, 2013 in Amsterdam.
Given the ascension of smartphones, it's no surprise that Samsung and Apple remain far and away the biggest end-users of semiconductors, and are widening their lead on the rest of the field, according to the latest Gartner rankings.
DARPA researchers have recently demonstrated the most complex 2-D optical phased array ever. The array, which has dimensions of only 576µm x 576µm is composed of 4,096 (64 x 64) nanoantennas integrated onto a silicon chip.
In its new report MEMS Front-End Manufacturing Trends, Yole Développement goes further in the equipment and materials market forecasts and in the manufacturing trends for MEMS. The report gives detailed analyses about MEMS device technology process flow, manufacturing trends and manufacturing cost breakdown.
We are entering the era of cognitive systems, where electronic devices will mimic the human senses—in their own way, to see, smell, touch, taste and hear. IBM assembled this infographic to illustrate what they call the “5 in 5,” five innovations that will change our lives within five years.
Improvement in nanotechnology enables 'liquid biopsies' for metastatic melanoma.
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, a developer of standards for the microelectronics industry, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed two new members: Mr. Jong H. Oh, Vice President, SK hynix and Mr. Hung Vuong, Qualcomm.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool a much larger object to extremely low temperatures.
PNI Sensor Corporation and EM Microelectronic -Marin SA announce the introduction of the Sentral sensor fusion hub: a new, highly effective way to integrate complex motion sensors on mobile devices.
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has developed an intelligent vital signs sensor module: Smart healthcare Intelligent Monitor Engine and Ecosystem with Silmee, that simultaneously senses information on key vital signs, Electric Cardio Gram, pulse, body temperature and movements, and that can deliver the data to smartphones and tablet PCs with wireless technology.
InvenSense, Inc. and Avnet Memec this week announced the formation of a pan-European distribution agreement. With the new partnership, Avnet Memec is chartered with sales and support for InvenSense’s MotionTracking devices throughout Europe and Israel.
Shipments of MEMS microphones in 2012 amounted to 2.05 billion units, up 57% from 1.30 billion in 2011, according to IHS iSuppli. Shipments will climb by another 30% to 2.66 billion units in 2013, to be followed by at least three more years of notable double-digit-rate increases.
Yole Développement’s research has credited STMicroelectronics for capitalizing on the booming demand for MEMS in mobile devices by shipping 58% more MEMS units in 2012, to become the first company to reach $1 billion in MEMS sales.
Roger Grace to present MEMS Commercialization Report Card at annual international technical forum.
In a new discovery that represents a major step in solving a critical design challenge, Arizona State University Professor Hao Yan has led a research team to produce a wide variety of 2-D and 3-D structures that push the boundaries of the burgeoning field of DNA nanotechnology.
The futuristic “Internet of Things” will more than double to 2.1 billion units, leading to a dramatic growth of domestic companies, says Lux Research.
According to the latest analysis by Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics was again the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2012, ahead of Infineon Technologies. STMicroelectronics retained its position as third largest supplier, with Freescale fourth and NXP fifth. Semicast calculates that revenues for OE automotive semiconductors grew by 12% to USD $25.5 billion in 2012, while the total semiconductor industry is judged to have declined by almost three percent to USD $292 billion.
Berkeley Lab researchers recreate elusive phenomenon with artificial nuclei; highly relevant for future nanoscle devices where electrical charge is concentrated into very small areas
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation today announced the iCE40 LP384 FPGA, the smallest member of its iCE40 family of ultra-low density FPGAs. Enabling designers to rapidly add new features and differentiate cost-sensitive, space-constrained, low-power products, the new small footprint FPGA is ideal for applications such as portable medical monitors, smartphones, digital cameras, eReaders, and compact embedded systems.
How the semiconductor industry can create the next generations of nanoscale computing technology will be one of the themes of the 2013 International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics, to be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), March 25-28, 2013, at its campus in Gaithersburg, Md.
Latest offerings enhance power efficiency and miniaturization for smart meters, industrial machinery and medical devices.
Shipments this year are expected to double to 162 million units, as presented in the attached figure, primarily due to Samsung’s usage of pressure sensors in the Galaxy S4 and other smartphone models.
STMicroelectronics and CMP today announced that ST's THELMA MEMS manufacturing process, the process ST uses for its industry-leading accelerometers and gyroscopes, which have shipped in billions of units, is now available for prototyping to universities, research labs and design companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP.
STMicroelectronics has introduced the world's smallest TVS diode for protecting sensitive electronics in consumer products and handhelds.
STMicroelectronics has begun working with research partners to develop a pilot line for next-generation MEMS devices augmented with advanced technologies such as piezoelectric or magnetic materials and 3D packaging. The project was launched by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
A joint industry/academia consortium, supported by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, has reported the successful conclusion of a three-year project and the release of its design-synthesis tool flow and related litho-friendly cell libraries and evaluation metrics.
American Graphite Technologies Inc. announced today the successful production of test samples of a graphene paper product by its development and manufacturing partner, CTI Nanotechnologies LLC.
Brewer Science, a developer of lithography enhancement materials for semiconductor manufacturing, announces the installation of a scale-up reactor to increase production of its CNTRENE C100 family of electronics-grade CNT materials by tenfold.
Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and French colleagues from Grenoble and Strasbourg have now found a way to combine both carbon nanotubes and magnetic molecules on the atomic level and to build a quantum mechanical system with novel properties.
Cisco Systems is preparing for a major shift in the industry, as the Internet of Things starts to become a reality. At an annual press event in San Jose, California this week, Cisco officials claimed that the much-anticipated IoT industry could be a $14 trillion opportunity, and they are ready to embrace the change.
Many users of microwave ovens have had the frightening experience of leaving a fork, crumpled piece of aluminum foil or some other pointy metal item inside the cooking chamber. The sharp metal object acts as an antenna for the oven’s microwave radiation, causing strong local heating or sparking.
China-based manufacturers of cellphones and tablets in 2012 more than doubled their share of purchases of MEMS motion sensors, reflecting the rising prominence of the companies in the global market, according to an IHS iSuppli MEMS Topical Report from information and analytics provider IHS.
SiTime Corporation, one of the fastest growing semiconductor companies, today introduced the SiT15xx family of 32 kHz MEMS oscillators that are intended to replace legacy quartz crystal resonators.
MEMS pressure sensor is one of the very first MEMS components appearing in the microsystem world. The technologies are quite mature and the market is big and expected to grow from $1.9B in 2012 to $3B in 2018.
Analog Devices ADMP801 MEMS microphone delivers 27 dBA EIN, consumes only 17 µA at 1 V supply, and is available in a 7.3 mm³ package.
India registered 221.6 million mobile handset shipments during 2012, according to CMR’s India Mobile Handsets Market Review, CY 2012, March 2013 release. During the same period, 15.2 million smartphones were shipped in the country.
Zachary Olmsted, a junior Nanoscale Engineering major at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), has been chosen to receive the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the second consecutive year that a CNSE student has been honored with the nation’s premier undergraduate award designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
The high-value microelectromechanical system (MEMS) market experienced soft growth last year, mainly due to weakness in the mainstay medical electronics and industrial sectors, according to an IHS iSuppli MEMS High-Value MEMS Market Tracker Report from information and analytics provider IHS.
Nanosys, enabling a new generation of high color fidelity, energy-efficient displays with its quantum-dot technology, today announced that it has expanded into a new, high-capacity production facility in Milpitas, California.
A year ago, the microtechnology, nanotechnology, and advanced materials industry looked out on the year 2012 with quite positive expectations. As it turned out, the unstable economic situation has left its mark on these industries, too. For 2013, at least, the companies expect a slight upwards trend.
Imagine if you could drink a glass of water just by inserting a solid wire into it and sucking on it as though it were a soda straw. It turns out that if you were tiny enough, that method would work just fine — and wouldn’t even require the suction to start.
The semiconductor industry is at its most profitable point now than any other time in the past decade thanks to industrywide efforts to aggressively manage costs and capacity -- but wild optimism about surging growth forgets the truth that this recovery only resets to levels from three years ago, according to iSuppli.
16 papers with imec authors were accepted for IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), December 6-8, 2010, in San Francisco. Both ITRS-related as well as More-than-Moore-related research papers have been accepted, rewarding imec’s multidisciplinary R&D platform (featuring two state-of-the-art R&D fabs).
Displays for pure-play e-book readers will see 108% higher shipments in 2011, but slower growth ahead. In the future, e-reader makers will turn to color display technologies, predicts IHS iSuppli.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor company, launched ST New Ventures, its corporate venture capital fund currently under incorporation.
Molecular vapor deposition of coatings for MEMS devices
Results of a surface modification technique called molecular vapor deposition (MVD) are presented. The method is an enhancement of a generic vapor deposition process of self-assembling monolayers (SAM) with various surface preparation techniques, precise dosing of vapor precursors, and temperature control...
Yole Développement shares highlights from its latest "Status of the MEMS Industry" report, noting changes in the MEMS supply chain as companies add foundries or go fab-lite, and multi-chip MEMS packages create new relationships between companies.
Increasing sensor counts in Chinese cars, upcoming government mandates for sensors, and the booming automotive market in the country will push China's automotive MEMS consumption to a higher growth rate than that of the rest of the world.
Marlow Industries launched the EverGen series, thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices offering low-cost, zero-maintenance power for wireless sensor applications.
Precision positioning systems specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) opened a direct office in Singapore to expand its Asia market presence.
Bosch Research and Technology Center is developing "Alan," a personal robot designed to be affordable, capable, and safe to serve residential users in chores. Automotive and consumer MEMS sensors are helping Alan navigate and perform tasks for less.
Beginning in 2005, consumer/mobile electronics makers started integrating MEMS motion sensors into devices. Almost every consumer device or cell phone today has a motion sensor embedded inside. Jay Esfandyari, STMicroelectronics, writes about motion sensing’s evolution and future in this blog, in association with MEMS Industry Group.
Sensor fusion -- where inputs from multiple micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are "fused" to increase response and accuracy -- is the next step for tablet/smartphone designs, according to a new IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Special Report.
The National Institutes of Health awarded Boston University engineering and microbiology researchers $4.8 million to develop a chip-sized, low-cost and easily deployed virus detection platform. The product is conceived as an easily transported and simply operated detector for the front lines of an outbreak.
Despite being a mature market -- and the largest one for MEMS -- inkjet heads are seeing increased sales as consumers print more digital photos, and as industrial and electronics manufacturers look to print product, according to GIA.
InvenSense Inc. founder and CEO Steve Nasiri will deliver a keynote "MotionTracking - Driving Hi-Impact Motion-Based Applications in the Digital World" at Semicon Europa's International MEMS Forum.
Jean-Christophe Eloy, president & CEO, Yole Développement, shares an analyst's view of the micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) industry, calling 2011 a year of transition and changes.
Combo sensors, comprising MEMS accelerometers, gyroscopes, or electronic compasses, are filling a need in consumer and automotive applications. Combined revenue from these sectors will grow by a factor of 50 over 5 years, shows IHS iSuppli.
STMicroelectronics has hosted 3 2011 iNEMO Campus Design Contests, for the US, China and Taiwan. This week, Taiwan's first place went to students from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology for a smart hula hoop design.
In its new report, Emerging Markets For Microfluidic Applications, Yole Développement asserts that microfluidics are a "key technology" for the life sciences market, which will prop up microfluidics growth to $4 billion in 2016.
Yole studies the evolution of inertial MEMS and magnetometers and provides reverse costing analysis of the MEMS devices in "Technology Trends for Inertial MEMS." The report considers 23 MEMS devices.
After taking 13 years to fab its first 1 billion MEMS sensors, Bosch has added another billion in just 3 years. The company's MEMS sensor production is nearing half a billion a year.
The market for MEMS microphones has nearly quintupled in just the past three years, topping a projected 2 billion shipments in 2012, thanks mainly for capabilities the technology enables in high-end smartphones, according to IHS iSuppli.
The market for electronic compasses is set to grow 73% this year to $419.1 million, according to a new IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors special report on magnetic sensors. This high growth is projected to continue, with Japanese manufacturers dominating the space.
The University of Houston College of Optometry is using MEMS-based deformable mirrors, Multi-DM, from Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) in glaucoma research.
CTS Electronic Components, of CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS), received 2 production orders for piezoceramic products from a major US sonar manufacturer. Revenues should total about $5 million.
The COWIN project is a European Commission (EC) initiative under FP6 and FP7 European research projects for smart nano and micro technologies benefiting diagnostic and medical applications. The 3-year project has a January 2012 closing for micro and nano bioconvergence systems’ research projects.
Panorama Synergy has formed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the University of Western Australia for optical technologies related to highly sensitive measurements by multiple, simultaneous micro-cantilever MEMS sensors.
IHS and Chipworks share details from their preliminary teardowns of the Apple iPhone 4S. The device resembles an iPad/iPhone hybrid, and the 5-lens autofocus camera module is the first IHS has encountered in a smartphone.
At the MEMS Executive Congress 2011 in November, a demo event will showcase MEMS-enabled applications from medical devices to entertainment and computing systems. Here are the Showcase finalists.
Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM) in 2010 retained its position as the world’s largest supplier of silicon magnetic sensors, according to an IHS iSuppli Magnetic Sensors Special Report. AKM has scored design wins for its 3-axis electronic compasses in the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, among other notable smartphone and tablet products.
Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems, a developer of scientific and medical sensors and systems based on MEMS and other microfabrication technologies, was awarded a 5-year Schedule 871 contract by the US General Services Administration.
CALIENT Technologies raised $19.4 million in venture financing to expand into data center and cloud computing markets and ramp its new portfolio of 3D MEMS photonic switching systems and modules for OEMs and system integration partners.
Pixtronix Inc. and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) collaborated on the development of 5"-diagonal micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) display prototypes. The displays use Pixtronix's proprietary MEMS technology and were built by CMI.
Helsinki-based ScanNano,a private Finnish R&D firm that specializes in MEMS technology at the nanoscale, has partnered with STMicroelectronics with the goal of combining RF MEMS and CMOS.
The co-located Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS USA 2011 conference were held in Boston, MA recently. Following are some main points and announcements from the keynoters.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies and Kyobo Book Centre of Korea launched the first e-reader using mirasol display technology. The touch display features vibrant color in bright sunlight and power management enables weeks of reading.
Whether it’s keeping athletes in top form, improving navigation in medical robots, helping industrial operators extend factory equipment life, or preventing automotive rollovers, high-performance MEMS inertial sensing technology adds a new dimension that transforms many conventional applications, says blogger Howard Wisniowski, Analog Devices.
Drug delivery companies Leonardo Biosystems Inc. and NanoMedical Systems Inc. (NMS) will collaborate, with NMS developing and establishing a commercial process to manufacture nanoporous silicon particles for Leonardo's multi-stage drug delivery system.
Sensors are hot items for ultrabook functionalities, boosting MEMS sales. The thin form factor of ultrabooks will deter DRAM device integration and DRAM use as memory upgrades, according to IHS iSuppli Semiconductor Value Chain.
IHS shares the growth map for semiconductor magnetic sensors in automotive applications, where the sensors are used in vehicles, and technology trends. Top suppliers are also listed.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), MEMS maker, named a winner in its 2011 iNEMO Campus Design Contest in China: Sky Worker Team 1 from Tsinghua University. ST operates the open competition in China and Taiwan, and the US.
Imec and Holst Centre micromachined a vibration-energy harvester with 489µW output power, using piezoelectric material in a MEMS cantilever. The team presented results at IEEE's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) this week in Washington DC.
MEMS Industry Group (MIG) shares the MEMS-related exhibits and discusses at the 2012 International CES, which covers consumer electronics, January 10-13 in Las Vegas.
Teledyne DALSA manufactured the CCD sensors -- designed by NASA -- on the NASA mission to Mars. The sensors will help the Rover navigate the surface of the planet.
Linkstar customers have qualified the pilot shipment of silicon optic devices fabricated with Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics MEMS technology. The IME silicon MEMS technology enables accurate alignment of optical devices to the optical fiber arrays.
China's MEMS spending will see a 12.1% CAGR 2010-2015, driven in the near future by expanding smartphone/tablet demand, new consumer experiences, and a rapid drop in MEMS production costs as MEMS designs and production processes improve, says IHS.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives.
MEMS pressure sensors have relatively high average selling prices and a range of applications, making them to leading MEMS device by 2014, according to IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Market Tracker. The largest application? Automotive.
The Behlman Electronics subsidiary of Orbit International received 3 new orders, totaling in excess of $1.5 million, for COTS power supplies to an electro-optical sensing system, a computer system, and an all-weather airborne reconnaissance aircraft.
Dr. Giles Humpston, Tessera, presents the free, on-demand webcast Lens Tilt in Small Auto-Focus Cameras. Dr. Humpston covers the dominant auto-focus miniature camera technology today -- VCM -- and an improved technology based on MEMS, which is being commercialized now.
Yole Développement's new report, "Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive" shows that supply chains need to adapt to the "very large market opportunity" for inertial combo sensors.
The automobile industry is a "lucrative" sensor integration market globally, as sensors that enhance comfort, fuel-efficiency, and safety are integrated by vehicle manufacturers. MEMS sensor production costs are set to drop, which will bring automotive sensors into the price/benefit range of every level of automobile, says Global Industry Analysts.
MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS), maker of ultra-miniature laser display technology based on MEMS, intends sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering, using the funds for general corporate purposes.
Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are seen in mainstream devices and creating "exciting new ways" of interacting with the world, say MEMS Executive Congress organizers MEMS Industry Group (MIG).
MEMS maker InvenSense Inc. (NYSE:INVN) priced its initial public offering of 10 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $7.50 per share.
MicroVision Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS) closed its public offering of 17,948,716 shares of its common stock with a draw of approximately $9.8 million after expenses.
Gentex Corporation has acquired substantially all assets of InterSense, which makes MEMS-based hybrid motion tracking systems.
Alphabet Energy Inc. closed its Series A funding round with $12 million, led by TPG Biotech, the venture arm of TPG. Alphabet Energy's prototype device converts waste heat to electricity. The silicon device leverages MEMS/semiconductor manufacturing technologies.
Sensors have the potential to do everything from monitor airplane fuselages for cracks to improve wrist rotation in prostetic arms. Student researchers describe their sensor development work in video blogs from TECHCON 2011.
IHS iSuppli's Richard Dixon looks at the market for automotive MEMS sensors over the next few years: which technologies and regions are driving growth, who are the top auto MEMS firms today and the up-and-comers, and how China is emerging as a market driver and supplier base.
MEMS vendors comprise MNC and MEMS-centric and small-portfolio companies. The market will grow as tablet/smartphone adoption increases, and MEMS makers co-opt the economies of scale that other semiconductor segments have used to reach maturity, according to ABI Research.
A*STAR's Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology opened the SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry, offering microfluidics development, customization, and manufacturing. A*STAR's goal is to combine biomedical and engineering expertise to foster a microfluidics industry in Singapore.
For producing and analyzing microemulsions, the Small Droplet Chips allow the user to create micro-droplets from 5 to 30μm in diameter. Microemulsions offer increased stability, a higher interfacial area, and the capacity to solubilize both aqueous and oil-soluble compounds.
Honeywell Aerospace Microelectronics & Precision Sensors is developing miniature rate-integrating gyroscope technology for precision-guided munitions, ships, vehicles, aircraft, and individual combatants under a $5.9 million DARPA contract. The micro-sensor vibrating-structure gyroscope will measure rotation under harsh conditions immune to temperature, vibration, or other influences.
IHS iSuppli research indicates that 97% of all digital compass manufacturing worldwide in 2010 was conducted in Japan. Japan's March 11 earthquake has decimated transportation and utility power in the country. The top digital compass manufacturers in Japan say their operations are "normal."
MEMS can take the form of (or be incorporated in) accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, altimeters, screens, projectors, and microphones. Often, consumer devices contain more than 1 MEMS component, and that trend is growing.
An uptick in passenger car production, improving consumer demand, and dwindling stockpiles in the supply chain have revived MEMS shipments. Investments in new product development, innovation, and expansion of production capacity bode well for the future of the market.
CMOS image sensors for digital still cameras are set for rapid growth over the next 3 years, allowing shipments to exceed those of CCDs for the first time in 2013, according to IHS iSuppli. CMOS image sensors are winning over Sony, Canon, and other OEMs with better power consumption, lower fab costs, and circuit integration, among other benefits.
CEA-Leti has been developing microsensors capable of precisely measuring their orientation in relation to the Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields. Dominique Vicard and Nathalie Sprynski, CEA-Leti, say they are now beginning to incorporate arrays of these tiny micro sensors into new kinds of instrumented -- or proprioceptive -- materials.
New MEMS, a 4-yr old segment of the MEMS market specifically for consumer electronics (CE) and mobile handsets, will grow by 157.4% in 2011, powering the expansion of the overall MEMS industry, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Yole released a new report, MEMS Microphone, presenting MEMS microphones technologies, the related supply chain and its key players. The mobile phone market is still the largest consumer of MEMS microphones, and Knowles is still the dominant market player, though other companies are finding space in the sector.
The CES, annual consumer electronics show, will feature for the first time a MEMS TechZone and MEMS conference program at CES 2012.
At the Swiss EPFL Integrated Actuactors Laboratory, researchers have constructed an electromagnetic three-phase motor on silicon that could make watches 3x more efficient and add other applications to time keeping.
Magnetic sensors will exceed $3.2 billion in sales by 2017 driven largely by "E-compassing" applications, according to Global Industry Analysts. Unique end-use applications, along with technology innovations, interoperability with devices and competitive pricing, will fuel "robust" magnetic sensors growth.
CMOS image sensors did not see the same strong rebound in 2010 that the semiconductor industry at large experienced. New momentum, driven by new system applications outside of camera phones and digital still cameras, could focus CMOS image sensors on growth from 2011 on, says IC Insights.
Smart phones are a booming market. MEMS and sensors are a booming market. Semico estimates that the total available market for MEMS and sensors in the smartphone market will reach $3.0 billion in 2011, an annual growth of 52.7%.
The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is organizing the inaugural "MEMS in the Machine" DemoZone at SEMICON West, sharing compelling examples of MEMS in action.
The sensors industry will be worth $91.5 billion in five years, according to BCC Research. While the largest segment -- image, flow and level sensors -- will see 8.5% CAGR, biosensors and chemical sensors will see the fastest market growth at 9.6% CAGR.
Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology Professor Adrian Bachtold and his research group created resonators from nanoscale graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) that exhibit nonlinear damping. This result could lead to supersensitive detectors of force or mass.
CellGuide selected Baolab's 3D NanoCompass IC technology as a companion to its location and positioning products, fully integrating GPS and compass functionalities in the CLIOX-C. The nanoscale MEMS manufacturing technique used for the NanoCompass supports high-volume, space-constrained applications.
Jérémie Bouchaud, IHS, reports on motion sensing MEMS growth through 2015, including new motion sensors to be integrated into smartphones and tablets. These devices are driving a sales boom for MEMS sensors.
Turkey's Roketsan Missiles Industries Inc. ordered Goodrich (NYSE:GR) SiIMU02 inertial measurement units (IMU) for precision guidance tasks on Roketsan's new CIRIT 70mm laser-guided missile for attack helicopters.
Silicon magnetic sensors are riding an upswing in automotive production and the expansion in tablet/smartphone adoption to 23.7% revenue growth in 2011, according to IHS iSuppli. This amounts to $1.46 billion in revenue.
MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) secured a committed equity financing facility, wherein it can sell Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. up to $35 million of its shares of common stock over a 24-month period.
MIT researchers have constructed a piezo-MEMS energy harvester using a bridge design rather than a cantilever. The bridge allows a wider frequency range to generate electricity, and keeps the piezoelectric material to a single layer.
Micro-cantilevers can measure lipid bilayers interactions with surfactants with a new level of sensitivity, say Rice University researcher Sibani Lisa Biswal and Kai-Wei Liu, a graduate student. Applications range from better detergents to buckyball/cell interaction research, to investigations of how viruses penetrate cells.
In 2016, about 150 million systems will be installed in vehicles, containing over 830 million MEMS chips, says ABI Research. The growth is thanks to more MEMS in each safety or performance device, as well as government and consumer demand for new cars with integrated safety features.
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has improved atomic force microscopy (AFM) by replacing the microscope's optical instrumentation with a nanomechanical cantilever probe and nanophotonic interferometer on a chip.
A major consolidation is coming to the industrial MEMS market in the next 12-18 months, predicts Frankfurt Partners. The industrial MEMS market is both highly attractive and highly fragmented.
Jay Esfandyari, Roberto De Nuccio, Gang Xu, STMicroelectronics, introduce how MEMS gyroscopes work and their applications, the main parameters of a MEMS gyroscope with analog or digital outputs, practical MEMS gyroscope calibration techniques, and how to test the MEMS gyroscope performance in terms of angular displacement.
A group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters has today launched a Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors for Defense and Security. The mission of this Round Table is to create business relationships between photonics small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and technology integrators.
Driven by the rapid recovery in automotive production and inventory rebuilding among sensor component suppliers, the market for automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors will expand to record size in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS.
Kionix Inc. announced a portfolio of MEMS inertial sensors featuring 3 new accelerometers that set company benchmarks for low power, performance over temperature, and user programmability. Kionix also released its first two gyros for mass-market consumer applications.
iSuppli MEMS analyst Richard Dixon takes a closer look at what's driving the market for MEMS sensors in automotive applications (hint: safety and China), new applications and market shifts, and the long-awaited arrival of consumer-oriented suppliers.
iSuppli MEMS analyst Richard Dixon analyzes one of the fastest-growing MEMS sectors today: "high-value" technologies specifically built for use in industry, medical, energy, and wired telecommunications.
At IEDM, Panasonic and imec discussed components of their lab-on-chip collaboration: miniaturized pump for on-chip generation of high pressures, a micropillar filter optimized for DNA separation achieving record resolution, and a SNP detector allowing on-chip detection using very small sample volumes.
Techcet's Michael A. Fury continues his report from IDTechEx's combined Printed Electronics/ PV USA events, with talks about 3D stacked interconnects made from printed inks, printed biosensors for textiles, a disposable explosives-detecting wipe, silicon-organic PV cells, printed rewritable permanent memory devices, and more.
A new laser-beam steering system that aims and focuses bursts of light onto single atoms for use in quantum computers has been demonstrated by collaborating researchers from Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The DNA Medicine Institute (DMI) successfully completed reduced-gravity experiments on its rHEALTH sensor for the 2010 Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology (FAST) program, at NASA in Houston.
Highlighted by their adoption in Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones are set to achieve a more than 50% increase in shipments in 2010 and a fourfold rise by 2014, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
The MEMS/MST track at SEMICON Europa in October will focus on MEMS in end-market applications, manufacturing and design techniques, and keynotes from industry leaders such as Analog Devices, STMicroelectronics, and Bosch.
This complete review of the inertial sensor market 2009-2015, provided by Yole Developpement, includes the market for high-performance sensing products, technologies currently available, IMU prices and penetration, key companies, and more information.
When NASA wanted to look for water on the moon, it used a MEMS-enabled near-IR portable spectrometer. At the MEMS Technology Summit, Steve Senturia, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus. MIT, presented details about the Phazir spectrometer NASA used.
MEMS cantilevers are the force and displacement sensor backbone of all of the MEMS sensors in our cars, cell phones, and other products. The basic cantilever can be manipulated to serve cutting edge research applications, says Beth Pruitt, Stanford University.
Debra Vogler, senior technical editor, spoke with Benedetto Vigna, Group VP, GM, MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog Division at STMicroelectronics. Vigna described what he calls MEMS "traps" -- ways of thinking about MEMS that hold back the industry and slow its growth.
In this podcast interview, Hartwell describes how HP has been leveraging its inkjet cartridge technology and high-volume manufacturing to tackle the need for distributed wireless sensing networks, in particular, sensing in harsh environments. By harnessing the compute power in “the cloud,” the large amounts of data generated from wireless sensors provides the information required to monitor infrastructure.
After a tough year in 2009, MEMS auto sensors will rebound sharply in 2010 and continue to surge through 2014, thanks to regional mandates and a surge in one region in particular, says analyst firmiSuppli.
The battle to introduce the 3-axis gyroscopes on smartphones has just started, but the major market for MEMS gyroscopes is still gaming. In a $418 million consumer gyroscope market in 2010, gaming represents a market segment of $162 million, according to Yole Développement.
Roger Grace, Janusz Bryzek, and Sverre Horntvedt were among the MEMS industry executives, entrepreneurs, and experts that spoke with ElectroIQ at the recent MEMS Technology Summit at Stanford University. They share a reflection on the past 25 years of MEMS, and insights into where MEMS will go in the next 25.
Wolfson Microelectronics plc (LSE: WLF.L) launched its next-generation digital silicon micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones, the WM7210 and the WM7220. The digital MEMS are manufactured with Wolfson’s CMOS/MEMS membrane technology.
ZOLL Medical Corporation selected Analog Devices' iMEMS technology to enable its palm-sized CPR device. The PocketCPR device uses an ADI digital iMEMS accelerometer to convert the motion of PocketCPR into real-time measurement data to accurately read the rate and depth of CPR chest compressions.
Bernard Nee, Economic Development Board, Singapore, says that, for technology businesses, an Asian strategy is imperative. Singapore has developed an extensive R&D infrastructure and talent pool. It offers a stable pro-business environment, skilled workers for corporate R&D activities, world-class infrastructure and a strong manufacturing base. Nee provides several examples of Singapore's R&D sucesses.
Radio frequency (RF) MEMS technology is poised for a bit surge in 2010-2011, just in time to maybe help Apple solve a vexing problem with its iPhone.
Affinity Biosensors and IMT entered into a strategic foundry partnership today for volume production of SMR MEMS devices enabling particle measurement in fluidic solutions with femtogram resolution. The SMR MEMS devices are the chips that drive Affinity Biosensors' ARCHIMEDES Particle Measurement System.
At SEMICON West 2010, top analysts from Yole and iSuppli discuss the market for MEMS devices; outsourcing MEMS foundries; and the relationship between manufacturing processes, cost, and MEMS adoption. Chief editor Pete Singer summarizes the findings.
With the US reeling from record unemployment, many are wondering how the MEMS job market is fairing. Neha K. Choksi talks with Jason Weigold, founder and president of MEMStaff, about his observations based on clients' hiring and consulting needs.
After billions of dollars in investments -- followed by an economy heading for recession -- MEMS optical switch startups are about to be tested by the market.
Earth Day 2001 finds scientists using MEMS to clean the water, monitor the air, avoid toxic spills.
Reiner Wechsung has a fast-growing company and more promising products being developed.
Researchers are developing techniques to make diamond films that far outshine many materials used in MEMS. When they're commercially available, they'll look attractive to makers of nanomachines. But they're not flawless.
Micromachines, because of their size, are naturally capable of taking a beating. Still, they have many enemies, from humidity to electrostatic shock.
Spinoffs from national labs are transferring weapons-based technology into such non-military applications as drug detection, medical delivery and environmental sensing.
World auto industry turns to small tech monitors to make tires safer and more energy efficient.
MEMS mascots bug some as small tech industry looks to the future.
Researchers have come up with a way to calculate and manipulate the effects of Casimir forces, and then use them to keep microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components from sticking together, which could greatly reduce failure rates and enable new, more affordable devices.
Defects most frequently take the form of voids within the MEMS cavity seal. In some locations on a wafer, the seal may be breached.
An IC foundry has made it into the ranks of the Top 20 MEMS foundries for the first time, as TSMC’s roughly $10 million in MEMS foundry revenues put it into 14th place on Yole Developpement’s 2009 listing. STMicro improved slightly, continuing to dominate the MEMS foundry arena. TI slipped, holding onto #2; Dalsa gained, and grabbed the #3 slot.
Cell phones and a slew of emerging devices will power the market for consumer electronics and cell phone Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors toward solid, uninterrupted growth in 2010 and beyond, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Apple's iPad and the Android-based tablets, along with other media tablets, make up the fastest growing MEMS sector in the consumer electronics and mobile segments, says IHS iSuppi research. MEMS sales for tablet use is predicted to increase nearly 400% YOY. Cell phones remain the largest sector for MEMS adoption, however.
Bruker's compact, fully automated and fast toxin identification system, pTD, or portable Toxin Detector, is intended for smaller, field, and mobile laboratories for use by non-expert operators in homeland security applications.
The realization of self-powered microsystems for medical implants, drug delivery, remote monitoring, or safety-driven applications forms the basis behind a new project being run at the UK's NPL by the Functional Materials Group.
Combining biological sponges with nanotechnology and semiconductors enables Rice University researchers to develop a diagnostic system for various diseases.
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, and sensor combos are proliferating, to reach $2.56B in 2015, says Yole. Competition exists between companies, technologies, business models, and devices, which makes motion sensing a dynamic sector.
Driven by the rapid recovery in automotive production and inventory rebuilding among sensor component suppliers, the market for automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors will expand to record size in 2010, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
nanoLambda Inc., an advanced nano sensor startup, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) that its spectrumsensor sample is now available to potential customers and development partners for alpha test, with more broad availability expected in H2 2011.
With the iPhone 4 paving the way, global demand for MEMS devices in cell phones will rise robustly during the coming years, helping the total MEMS market to expand in healthy measure at least through 2014, according to IHS iSuppli. Also pushing growth: BRIC countries and new applications, such as healthcare products.
Researchers at Imec proposed a portable, lab-on-a-chip system for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection in DNA at IEDM 2010. Maaike Op de Beeck, program manager Human++, Heterogeneous Integrated Microsystems Department, Imec, provides background on the research.
A new study from researchers at North Carolina State University sheds light on how a technique that is commonly used for making single-metal nanoparticles can be extended to create nanoparticles consisting of two metals and that have tunable properties.
Proteomics is important for drug discovery, vaccine development, and drug manufacturing, but prevalent methods require fluorescent labeling and 2D evaluation through electrophoresis or mass spectrometry. Hus Tigli, CEO of Silicon Kinetics, shared an alternative approach that leverages nanotechnology at the San Francisco Bay Area IEEE Nanotechnology's Sixth Annual Symposium.
TechNavio predicts 22% CAGR for MEMS microphones from 2011 to 2015, mainly due to the shrinking form factor of these devices. MEMS microphones are gaining acceptance in a new field: healthcare electronics.
Knowles, micro acoustics and MEMS microphone maker, has shipped over 3 billion SiSonic MEMS microphones from the SiSonic MEMS microphone introduction in 2003.
Full-service MEMS maker Tronics has had China on its roadmap for about 10 years, the company says. In that time, China has moved from a nascent MEMS market to a location where Tronics works for several Chinese customers, especially in gyroscope products.
MicroGen Systems, a company that used NYSERDA funding to develop its piezo-MEMS energy harvesters in 2009, will receive a new grant to scale the technology into mass production and initial product launches.
Mobile phones and tablets each integrate about 5-10 MEMS per device. These “New MEMS” will benefit from the growth in smartphones and tablets, bringing in $5.4 billion in 2017.
Intel will invest more than $40 million over the next 5 years in a worldwide network of university research centers called "Intel Collaborative Research Institutes." Academia -- in hub and spoke universities -- will collaborate with industry on technology R&D.
CrossFiber Inc. has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards by registrar PJR. CrossFiber provides all-optical photonic switching solutions for data centers and fiber optic telco networks.
Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group (MIG), lets us in on the real meaning of MEMS new product development. MEMS are micro electro mechanical systems.
Inertial sensor maker Qualtré Inc. closed a $10 million round of financing with 2 equity finance partners and one debt financier, all from Massachusetts, where Qualtre is based.
MEMSIC Inc. (Nasdaq:MEMS), maker of MEMS sensing solutions, tapped John L. Newton to serve as VP of marketing.
Day 2 of The ConFab opened in Las Vegas with Ali Sebt, CEO of Renesas Electronics America, delivering “Smart Society, the Sensing Era and Signal Chain.”
Ali Sebt, CEO of Renesas Electronics America, keynoted Day 2 of Solid State Technology’s The ConFab 2012. Here, he discusses the role of inexpensive sensors and microcontrollers in energy savings, in a video interview.
Bosch GmbH Automotive Electronics of Germany retained its position as the world’s top supplier of automotive MEMS in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli Automotive MEMS report.
Semiconductor sensor sales will grow 18% in 2012 to a record $5.7 billion, and continue double-digit growth rates and record-high revenues each year through 2016, says IC Insights. MEMS-based devices now account for about 70% of total sensor revenues compared to 54% in 2005.
MEMS oscillators are poised for steep growth in the next few years, says Semico. MEMS represented only 1.4% of all oscillator and clock generator circuits in 2011, but by the end of 2012, Semico expects to see at least a dozen vendors.
Timing device maker Sand 9 Inc. raised $23 million in its Series C financing round, led by Intel Capital and with significant participation from Vulcan Capital. Sand 9’s timing devices for wired and wireless applications use MEMS technology to ensure synchronicity and stable operation.
Freescale will integrate Movea’s MotionCore motion processing software modules with its ColdFire-based processors, creating an intelligent motion-sensing platform. MotionCore software modules are optimized for mobile, motion-based applications.
Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group (MIG), reports on the group's pre-Sensors Expo symposium on MEMS. The coordination of equipment vendors, materials suppliers, foundries, device manufacturers, end-users, and OEMs is "music to her ears."
MEMSCAP (NYSE Euronext:MEMS), provider of micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) based technology, sold its 11.6% stake in INTUISKIN/ICOSMECEUTICALS.
September 11, 2009: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) say they have a new method to improve temperature calibration for microfluidic systems.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have come up with a way to use microfluidics to generate microdroplets containing single molecules, which could ultimately offer insights into the structure and function of organic materials such as proteins, enzymes, and DNA.
Growing use of disposable devices and respiratory monitoring are underpinning growing use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) used as pressure sensors in medical electronics, according to IHS iSuppli.
A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and SFC Fluidics will develop a portable diagnostic tool for rapid triaging of traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims.
Demand for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, particularly pressure sensors for harsh environments, will grow 20% in 2012 on the way to a 9% CAGR for the next several years.
Mike Rosa, MEMS global product manager at Applied Materials, blogs about recent advances in MEMS, as described at the recent MEMS Executive Congress.
Researchers in Japan have devised a MEMS fabrication technology using lower-cost production methods of printing and injection molding, enabling MEMS devices to be applied for fields such as lighting -- and producable by firms outside the semiconductor sector.
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. remained the two largest buyers of MEMS devices for consumer and mobile applications in 2011, solidifying their command and expanding their influence over the market, according to IHS.
MEMS Executive Congress 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ, will host keynotes from Ajith Amerasekera, TI Fellow, IEEE Fellow, in Texas Instruments’ Kilby Labs, who will discuss how immersive intelligent systems will change the management of our cities, buildings, personal life, health, transportation, safety and security; and Robert Brunner, founder, creative director and partner, Ammunition, who will explore the critical connection between brand identity and connection to consumers.
The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is planning webinars on micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) from packaging challenges to how MEMS can benefit healthcare.
SEMICON Taiwan 2012, held September 5-7, will feature both Taiwan MEMS suppliers and global MEMS elites -- including Asia Pacific Microsystems, Freescale, InvenSense, and STMicroelectronics -- who will discuss innovation in MEMS design, manufacture, packaging, testing and equipment.
The second annual SensorsCon 2013, the conference for Sensors Technology, Design and Applications, March 6, 2013, Techmart Center, Santa Clara, CA, is accepting applications for exhibitors, sponsors and speakers.
Silex Technology, maker of wired and wireless networking technologies, appointed Joseph Virginia to vice president of sales and a member of the company's executive team.
The MEMS & NANO free 2-day conference, presented by JEMI, Nanotechnology KTN, and MANCEF, will cover advances in MEMS and nanoscale processes for electronics, industrial and biomedical applications.
The recent partnership between Vectron International, Knowles Electronics, and SiTime could create a new force in the emerging market for MEMS timing devices, notes Semico Research
Sand 9, a Cambridge, MA-based provider of precision MEMS products for wireless and wired applications, has secured a $3M investment from telecommunications giant Ericsson.
CrossFiber, a San Diego, CA maker of photonic switches that incorporate MEMS technology, says it has completed the final tranche of a Series D round of funding, which closes totaling $13.4 million.
X-Fab Silicon Foundries has debuted an open-platform MEMS 3D inertial sensor process, what it claims is the first to be made available directly from a high-volume pure-play foundry.
A device that measures very thin quantities of liquid, such as the synovial fluid in knee joints, and a device that measures change in mass when a microdevice adsorbs small amounts of material, earned top honors in Sandia National Labs' annual student MEMS design contest.
The market for semiconductor magnetic sensors used in industrial and medical applications expanded by 6% in 2011 to $118.2 million, with green energy initiatives acting as a major growth driver, according to IHS iSuppli.
Sensirion AG says it will debut at Electronica 2012 (Nov. 13-16, Munich, Germany) what it says is the world's smallest humidity and temperature sensor: a 2mm × 2mm × 0.8mm in size, based on its CMOSens technology that combines the sensor and signal processing on a single chip.
High pricing and ineffective marketing are weighing down expectations for ultrabook demand, but the future's still bright with new models promising new features -- and that's great news for one component sector.
Scientists from IBM Research have created a diagnostic test using a silicon-based microfluidic chip to more quickly diagnose diseases, with potential other applications in sensing chemical and bio hazards.
Hewlett-Packard says it has developed a new inertial sensing technology that can be used for digital MEMS accelerometers that are up to 1000× more sensitive than other high-volume products, leading to more effective sensor networks for applications such as infrastructure/geophysical mapping and monitoring.
HP execs David Erickson and Grant Pease give Small Times the skinny on the company's new MEMS sensor technology they say is 1000× more sensitive than current products -- and why applications like bridge monitoring are particularly ripe for implementation.
The innaugural MEMS Industry Group (MIG) MEMS Executive Congress Europe, held in March in Zurich, included keynotes on automotive, healthcare, and consumer MEMS applications.
Combining sensors with analog technology to enable sensor fusion will create intelligent devices for automotive, consumer, and industrial markets, said Vijay Ullal at Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
CALIENT Technologies Inc. promoted Jitender K. Miglani to vice president of engineering, reporting to Gregory Koss, chief development officer.
IHS iSuppli Research reveals the top 10 consumer and mobile MEMS suppliers by revenue for 2011. STMicroelectronics outsold its competition thanks in part to Apple, which made up about half of STM's revenues for the sector.
Tegal Corporation (TGAL) formed a partnership with HealthTech Capital (HTC), an investing group for emerging healthcare technology in Silicon Valley.
The market for MOEMS is poised for exponential growth, reports Semico. MEMS devices are established in projection applications, and MEMS for direct view displays are emerging.
MEMSCAP qualified its high-voltage electrostatic MEMS variable optical attenuator (VOA) with Telcordia standards GR-1209 and GR-1221 for passive optical components.
Merriman Capital, Inc. will serve as the Principal American Liaison for Audio Pixels Holdings Limited (OTCQX:ADPXY, ASX) as it is now trading on the OTC market's highest tier, OTCQX.
SiTime Corporation has shipped 100 million units of its MEMS devices, including oscillators, clock generators and resonators.
Mobile augmented reality and location-based services will be powered by more than 4 billion MEMS sensor devices by 2016, reports Juniper Research. However, unit prices for MEMS devices are declining rapidly, reaching a lowest possible price point over the medium term in the next few years.
STMicroelectronics will bring its MEMS microphone and audio processing expertise to the European research project, Distant Speech Interaction for Robust Home Applications (DIRHA).
Micropelt has raised EUR6.5 million for the roll-out and global expansion of its thin-film thermoelectric energy harvesting technology: EUR5 million by Ludgate Environmental Fund (LEF); EUR1 million from the MUCAP; and EUR0.5 million by the existing shareholders IBG/Goodvent, KfW, L-Bank and SHS.
Boston Micromachines Corporation won a Phase II contract for $750,000 from NASA's SBIR to support its Exoplanet Exploration program. Phase II covers reliability in the harsh environment of space.
The top 3 MEMS manufacturers by revenue -- Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, and Bosch -- fought for market share in 2011, but #4, STMicroelectronics, experienced the biggest revenue jump year-to-year.
MEPTEC will host its 10th Annual MEMS Technology Symposium in San Jose, CA. Keynotes cover “sensory swarms” and motion interfaces, and sessions will cover MEMS roadmaps; design, manufacturing, and test of MEMS; MEMS architectures and uses, and more.
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), introduced a piezoelectric MEMS resonator technology that does not use crystals. IDT has branded the components CrystalFree pMEMS (piezoelectric MEMS).
Paula Doe, SEMI Emerging Markets, shares the annual guide for navigating the MEMS events at SEMICON West, July 10-12 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) partnered with China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) to open a joint laboratory researching electronics.
MEMS will continue to see steady, sustainable, double-digit growth for the next 6 years, with 20% compound average annual growth in units and 13% growth in revenues, to become a $21 billion market by 2017, according to Yole.
Low-volume MEMS-based energy harvesters are currently available. The price for a MEMS-based technology is still too high for most large-volume applications. If energy harvesting can be scaled down to the MEMS form factor, it would not only add to the existing energy harvester sector, but open new applications, says Semico.
Harmeet Bhugra, Integrated Device Technology Inc., shares the benefits that MEMS technology can bring to a product -- oscillators -- that has been around since the early 19th century. Bhugra delineates the features of piezoelectric MEMS.
Sensor Platforms' FreeMotion library of software algorithms and middleware for sensor fusion now supports all major mobile microprocessors. The library already supports all sensors used in smartphones and tablets.
In reporting its Q2 and H1 2012 results, STMicroelectronics (ST, NYSE:STM) said it will reduce its 2012 capex plan by about 25%, down to $500 million to $600 million.
Qualcomm will scale back its mirasol display technology, which uses interferometric modulation, a MEMS-based technology capable of creating color from ambient reflected light. Qualcomm will scale Mirasol back into a limited set of products, and will look to license it to industry partners.
Dolomite has been awarded a SMART grant from the UK government to develop a plug-and-play microfluidic system, bringing microfluidics to a wider market and increasing research lab productivity.
Vectron International and Knowles Electronics entered into a strategic partnership with SiTime Corporation, aiming to grow MEMS timing components in the frequency control products market.
Pico projectors, projector modules that can be integrated into cell phones, have had huge market potential for many years. Samsung has now begun shipping the Galaxy Beam projector phone in the UK, using Texas Instruments' DLP Pico projector technology.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) acquired the IP of start-up bTendo, following a joint development effort with the laser projection technology company.
Ian Chen, Sensor Platforms Inc., discusses the role of sensors in smart devices, evolving from pure metrological instruments to context-aware user assistance devices. Key points include sensor fusion with data input and algorithms, and power consumption control.
The global market for MEMS tripled from 2009 to 2011. MEMS will continue to see steady, sustainable double-digit growth for the next six years, with 20% compound average annual growth in units and 13% growth in revenues, to become a $21 billion market by 2017.
Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS researchers developed a new optoelectronic component for low-light CMOS image sensor applications.
The new Samsung Focus Flash Windows smartphone includes a WiSpry RF MEMS device, starting off a 200x expansion of the RF MEMS industry through 2015, the analyst firm predicts.
WiSpry Inc. confirmed that its technology is used in the first mass-produced RF-MEMS-enabled handset. WiSpry's antenna tuner extends usable bandwidth for small form-factor antennas, dynamically compensates for user interference, and lowers energy usage.
The analysts at IDTechEx look at the year past and the year ahead for energy harvesting devices, such as rising power in piezoelectric harvesters, and new energy harvester products.
MEMS microphones will find continued strong implementation in phones, laptops, and tablets in the future, shows Jeremie Bouchaud, IHS, sharing shipment and revenue forecasts through 2015.
IBM scientists have developed a flexible, non-contact, silicon microfluidic probe to accurately stain tissue sections at the micrometer scale for drug discovery and disease diagnostics research.
In 2011, Apple Inc. became the world’s largest purchaser of MEMS microphones, passing Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Apple’s share of MEMS buying amounted to 27% for the year, compared to 20% for Samsung.
Sensors in Design 2012 takes place March 28-29 in San Jose, CA. With speakers from Texas Instruments and Intel, InvenSense, Analog Devices, and more, the event is designed for attendees to better understand sensor technologies and their applications.
Texas Instruments (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) DLP Products released DLP LightCrafter, an advanced, compact evaluation module for TI's spatial light steering DLP technology. The evaluation kit is built around the reference design for TI’s 0.3" WVGA resolution DLP chipset.
The JQI, the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Harvard University researchers developed a theoretical method for detecting weak electrical signals, using a nanomechanical "loudspeaker" and laser-based photon signals.
Genalyte developed and produced a set of disposable silicon photonics biosensor chips with research body imec, for use in its diagnostic and molecular detection equipment. The chips use imec’s standard silicon photonic waveguide devices, modified for bio-compatibility.
Straight outta Purdue University, a miniaturized implantable medical micro electro mechanical (MEMS) pressure sensor chip can be recharged with the block-rockin beats -- acoustic waves -- of rap music.
New MEMS thermopile players and applications are boosting market growth for infrared (IR) detectors, finds Yole Développement.
AEPI and CEA-Leti will co-host a site visit to CEA-Leti and other facilities on the MINATEC campus, Grenoble, following MEMS Executive Congress Europe on March 23.
MEMSCAP (Paris:MEMS), provider of MEMS based products, topped 1 million units shipped of its Thermally Actuated Variable Optical Attenuator chips.
Columbia Engineering and University of Pennsylvania researchers developed a way measure nanopores with less error, designing a custom IC using commercial semiconductor technology and building the nanopore measurement around the new amplifier chip.
Advantest Corporation began producing MEMS relays for semiconductor testing equipment, high-speed communications devices, HF wave measurement equipment and their components.
Blogger Michael A. Fury, Techcet Group, shares presentations from SensorsCon 2012, covering MEMS applications in wireless sensor networks and personal devices, and other sensor developments.
Strong demand for MEMS sensors, CMOS image sensors, LEDs, fiber-optic laser transmitters, and power transistors enabled the OSD semiconductors market to grow by 8% in 2011, hitting a new record revenue and beating out the overall IC market, according to IC Insights.
The global MEMS devices market will hit $11.3 billion by 2017, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA). Manufacturing advances and economies of scale will help bring MEMS to more applications, and increase penetration in these markets.
Hillcrest Labs made its Freespace motion control technology available to smartphone and tablet manufacturers, extending the product's reach beyond Smart TV, video game, and PC industries. Sensor Platforms Inc. debuted its sensor fusion software, FreeMotion, for this sector as well.
Digital MEMS microphones see widespread use in mass-market consumer electronics, pushing revenues high enough to overtake the analog segment by 2013.
Tunability is a hot new topic for radio frequency (RF) front-end modules, shows Yole Développement's report, "RF filters, PAs, Antenna Switches & Tunability for Cellular Handsets."
Movea formed a technology partnership with Nordic Semiconductor to develop motion-enabled 2.4GHz RF remote control reference designs.
Murata completed its acquisition of VTI Technologies Oy. VTI's core micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology will enable smaller, more accurate, more reliable, lower-power devices, Murata noted.
The market for automotive MEMS expanded after natural disasters in Japan and Thailand last year, with car electronic systems makers seeking to expand their supply chains to mitigate risk. Auto MEMS revenue in 2011 amounted to $2.2 billion.
Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) expects a mobile phone design win for its MEMS optical imaging technology in H1 2012, reported Robert A. Young, president and CEO.
Si-Ware Systems (SWS) launched a US subsidiary, Si-Ware Systems Inc. Scott Smyser, a new EVP for worldwide marketing and business development, will manage the US business.
MEMS maker Colibrys SA will relocate locally, to the Y-Parc at Yverdon-les-Bains, Canton Vaud, Switzerland. The new location will enable Colibrys to branch out into new application sectors.
mPhase Technologies is in negotiations with an undisclosed private equity group, which could invest at least $2 million in mPhase. The investment would come with a new board me
CMOS image sensors in 2011 continued to push CCD sensors into a smaller, isolated section of the market. CMOS image sensors are growing on use in mobile electronics and emerging applications, shows analyst firm IHS, and will find more adoption as back-side illumination costs come down.
In the company's first use of MEMS technology, Konica Minolta developed the KM128SNG-MB high-precision inkjet printhead for manufacturing printed electronics.
Dolomite and GigaGen are collaborating on a novel Droplet Merger Chip for massively parallel single cell genetic analysis. The 15 x 22.5mm glass microfluidic chip merges 2 droplet streams consistently and quickly.
MEMS maker ISSYS and the University of Michigan (U-M) received a $1.5M National Institute of Health grant, "Novel Micro-Implant To Measure Intracardiac Pressure In Congenital Heart Patients."
Mariquita Gordon from Texas Instruments discusses the company's MEMS-based DLP technology. In its 4th-gen embedded DLP evalution module, the LightCrafter, TI is opening up the applications space to new imaging markets, such as security, dentistry, and more.
Annual revenues generated by micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) devices built into mobile devices -- including sensors, audio, displays and RF -- will exceed $6 billion by 2016, shows Juniper Research.
MEMS oscillators represent <1% of the total ($6.3b) timing market, but that hasn't stopped new makers from entering the MEMS oscillator market, with even more on their way, says Semico.
Xsens introduced a suite of sensor fusion software for smartphones, media tablets and other mobile devices.
Gyroscopes generated more revenues in 2011 than any other consumer/mobile MEMS, the first time gyroscopes topped accelerometers, reports IHS.
CrossFiber, a San Diego, CA maker of photonic switches that incorporate microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, has acquired substantially all the assets of 2D MEMS switch firm OMM.
Researchers from Rice U. say they have developed a micron-scale spatial light modulator (SLM) built on SOI that runs orders-of-magnitude faster than its siblings used in sensing and imaging devices.
This webinar will provide an introduction to miniature auto-focus camera technology and voice coil motors.
As the industry is incorporating more MEMS devices with integrated magnetic sensors, they are encountering challenges that cannot be overcome with existing toolsets. The deposition and magnetic alignment of these materials are critical for proper device performance and require special hardware configurations and process optimization.
In 2012, the IC industry saw a two percent decline, but Yole Développement's research reveals the MEMS sector managed another 10 percent growth to become an $11B business.
InvenSense, Inc., a provider of MotionTracking system on chip devices, is relocating its headquarters to 1745 Technology Drive, San Jose, California.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new flexible nano-scaffold for rechargeable lithium ion batteries that could help make cell phone and electric car batteries last longer.
Chemical engineers find that arrays of carbon nanotubes can detect flaws in drugs and help improve production.
Pixy is a small camera about half the size of a business card that can detect objects that you "train" it to detect.
CEA-Leti said today that it and three partners in the SOCRATE project are developing innovative concepts to significantly improve the directivity of electrically small antennas.
CEA-Leti announced today €1 million in funding from bpifrance to accelerate preclinical development of a liver-cancer detection system called LipImage 815.
Companies announce alliance to bring high-performance sensors to market.
CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing – to become smart cities.
Light and proximity sensors in mobile handsets and tablets are set for expansive double-digit growth within a five-year period, thanks to increasing usage by electronic giants Samsung and Apple.
Product validation is an essential part of all successful MEMS new product developments. It is the process of testing products under various environmental, mechanical or electrical conditions to simulate life in an accelerated manner.
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, a "instrumented nanoscale indenter," that makes sensitive measurements of the mechanical properties of thin films -- ranging from auto body coatings to microelectronic devices -- and biomaterials.
MediaTek Inc., a fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced its breakthrough MT8135 system-on-chip (SoC) for high-end tablets.