MEMGen lays down MEMS challenge

Jan. 15, 2003 — MEMGen Corp. said it has launched what it’s dubbed the world’s first microdevice design contest.

The Burbank, Calif.-based developer of microdevice technology said the 3-D MEMS Design Challenge is open to anyone with commercial or research interest in microdevice design, manufacturing or use, including designers, engineers, and university faculty and students. MEMGen will award the top three contest winners with prototypes of their design, and they will receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500, according to a company news release.

A panel of independent industry experts will judge the entries, which must be submitted by April 15. Selection will be based on design novelty, creative use of 3-D and commercial utility.

MEMGen, founded in 1999, has developed the EFAB platform, which integrates 3-D computer-aided design with MEMS manufacturing processes. The company says its system can provide mass production capability without a clean room.

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