MEMS applications take the stage in the first edition of the European MEMS Summit

By Yann Guillou, Business Development Manager, SEMI Europe

Based on a need expressed by MEMS industry actors and with their strong support, SEMI has chosen to transform its MEMS Networking Tech Seminar and the MEMS Industry Forum of SEMICON Europa into a much larger, combined conference/exhibition event called the European MEMS Summit, giving actors in MEMS a worthy stage to showcase and talk about technology, business and applications. The first edition of this Summit will take place on September 17-18, 2015 in Milan, Italy and its theme will be “Sensing the Planet, MEMS for Life.”

With a stellar lineup of speakers, SEMI is hoping to cover the spectrum of issues pressing the MEMS industry today. The two-day program will be broken up into five segments, one dealing with the market and business, another with MEMS technology and three sessions appealing to the application of MEMS technology in consumer goods and wearables, the automotive industry and the Internet of Things.

Keynote speakers will include high-level representatives of MEMS giants Bosch Sensortec and STMicroelectronics as well as the largest MEMS fabless, InvenSense, and the largest IC foundry, TSMC. Be ready to hear “Smart” “Things” about “Sensors” and “MEMS” during their presentations titled:

  • Smart Systems for IoT, STMicroelectronics
  • Building Smart Sensors for a Connected World, TSMC
  • Internet of Sensors, InvenSense
  • MEMS Sensors: Enabler for the IOT, Bosch Sensortec

Attendees will leave the Summit with a better understanding of the evolution of MEMS in the marketplace and of the technological advances in MEMS and sensors.

MEMS foundries such as X-FAB and Tronics Microsystems will share their perspectives about the new challenges facing the industry and business opportunities. Focusing on the dynamics in China, SITRI will explain why it is critical to build a domestic MEMS business and will invite companies to revisit the Chinese market as a strategic element in their global business strategy.

Technology-wise, Yole Developpement will inform attendees about what to expect in the near future and how MEMS are contributing to sensing our world. Continuing with a technology focus, LETI will present the key emerging enabling technologies for MEMS they are developing. Focusing on thin film PZT materials, STMicroelectronics will explain how promising these materials are for actuators, opening a complete new field of applications. Covering packaging, ASE will address the integration aspect with flexible integration solutions enabling cost effecting HVM solutions.

The application sessions will give attendees an in-depth view of the new realm of opportunities open to those who develop MEMS technology. ARM will explain their strategy for IoT. Sensirion will describe the key success factors, addressing for instance the monolithic integration to enhance the miniaturization of the sensors. ams AG will present brand-new achievements in environmental sensor products while Infineon will talk about innovation in sensors for consumer products. IHS will highlight the changes in the automotive MEMS market and supplier landscape. Freescale and a few other companies will present their perspectives on this changing automotive landscape.

In addition, the event will present attendees with a chance to network in a dynamic and professional setting tailored to executives and engineers working in and for the MEMS industry. Milan will definitively be the city to visit in 2015 with the European MEMS Summit and the Universal Exposition taking place in the capital of Lombardi.

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