MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG)’s annual MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress® 2016 (November 9-11, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ) highlights some of the newest and most unique MEMS/sensors-enabled applications in the industry. MSIG today announced the shortlist of finalists who will compete for the title of “winner” at this year’s event.

Proof-of-concept board for Vesper’s wake-on-sound MEMS microphone
Proof-of-concept board for Vesper’s wake-on-sound MEMS microphone

i-BLADES’ Smartplatform
i-BLADES’ mobile Smartcase is a new modular accessory that dramatically accelerates time to market and reach for MEMS and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. It lets new technologies quickly reach mass-market mobile consumers through one integrated smartphone accessory — a mobile phone case. It not only provides protection but also a Smartplatform that forms a “hard-wired” smartphone connection, enabling add-on MEMS and IoT technologies. Developers can add new sensors to Smartcase directly or through snap-on Smartblade modules.

With i-BLADES, technologies can quickly go onto hundreds of millions of smartphones as an after-market opportunity, making smartphones “smarter.” i-BLADES partnered with Bosch to deploy successfully the BME680 sensor faster than via other routes. For more information, visit: or watch the video:

Chirp Microsystems’ MEMS-Based Ultrasonic Sensing Solution
Today’s VR and gaming systems are limited by their reliance on complex computer vision techniques for controller tracking, resulting in higher cost, limited tracking area and lack of mobility due to high power consumption. Chirp Microsystems’ ultrasonic tracking technology addresses these limitations, offering solutions that enable truly mobile VR and AR systems at attractive price points suitable for multiple tiers of products.

Chirp Microsystems’ new ultrasonic time-of-flight (ToF) technology uses pulses of ultrasound to measure an object’s range with millimeter accuracy. This ultra-low power ultrasonic ToF technology enables low-latency, millimeter-accurate 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) inside-out controller tracking for VR/AR and gaming systems. This system solution is enabled by Chirp’s ultra-low power ultrasonic ToF sensor, which offers ultra-wide field-of-view, noise and light immunity, fast sample rate, and small package size. The ToF sensor is a system in package (SiP) that combines a MEMS ultrasound transducer with a power-efficient digital signal processor (DSP) on a custom integrated circuit. In wearable applications, Chirp’s ultrasonic SiP provides a transformative and intuitive touchless gesture interface. For more information, visit:

IDT’s ZMOD3250 targets indoor air quality with a roadmap that includes environmental (outdoor) air quality and breath detection.
IDT’s ZMOD3250 targets indoor air quality with a roadmap that includes environmental (outdoor) air quality and breath detection.

Integrated Device Technology’s Gas Sensor for Air Quality and Breath Detection
Integrated Device Technology’s (IDT’s) new highly sensitive gas sensor family based on the ZMOD3250 targets indoor air quality with a roadmap that includes environmental (outdoor) air quality and breath detection. The ZMOD3250 family detects total volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors and can be used to selectively identify several VOCs, including formaldehyde, ethanol, and toluene. The company is promoting several features and applications of this new gas sensor product line, including the off-gassing detection of chemicals from common home and office materials, odor detection, selective measurements among VOCs and detection of several breath components.

IDT’s flagship product, the ZMOD3250, features a unique silicon micro-hotplate with nanostructured sensing material that enables a highly sensitive measurement of gas. The accompanying ASIC provides a flexible solution for integration of the sensor with various consumer devices, including mobile phones, wearables, and appliances. Packaged in a 12 pin LGA assembly (3.0 mm x 3.0 mm x 0.7 mm), the sensor emulates a sensor array with a single sensor element. Suitable for a wide range of applications, the sensor features programmable-measurement sequence and highly integrated CMOS design. To request more information about the ZMOD3250, visit: or watch the video.

Valencell’s Biometric Gaming

Valencell’s simple demonstration of the potential for biometric gaming and “stealth” collection of health data in the background.
Valencell’s simple demonstration of the potential for biometric gaming and “stealth” collection of health data in the background.

Biometric input adds a new element to gaming. For example, fitness games can use heart rate as a key control measure, or action games can require users to hold their breath while their characters are swimming. Audio earbuds, headsets, armbands and wrist devices – all of which make good use of MEMS/sensors — are natural peripherals for gaming — and as well as for exercising.

Valencell has created a demonstration game that not only involves real-time biometric data to affect the gaming experience, but also collects meaningful health metrics in the background. This has implications not only for the gaming industry but also for healthcare and medical markets. In fact, healthcare practitioners are integrating biometric game play into physical therapy and surgery recovery protocols to measure and manage recovery processes. Valencell will demonstrate the game as well as its biometric output and analysis. For more information, visit: or watch the video.

Vesper’s Wake-on Sound MEMS Microphone

Proof-of-concept board for Vesper’s wake-on-sound MEMS microphone.
Proof-of-concept board for Vesper’s wake-on-sound MEMS microphone.

Always-listening MEMS microphones may signal a new era of ubiquitous sensors that can run indefinitely on small batteries. That’s good news for developers of TV remote controls, smart speakers, smartphones, intelligent sensor nodes, hearables and other electronic devices. It’s even better news for consumers who want to cut the power cord but end up incessantly charging devices or replacing batteries, even when those devices aren’t in regular use.

Vesper–developer of the world’s only piezoelectric MEMS microphones–will demonstrate VM1010, the first quiescent-sensing MEMS microphone, during MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase. VM1010 alleviates the heavy power consumption typical of speech recognition–which consumes up to 1000 µW or more. Because it supports wake-on sound at practically zero power draw (a mere 3 µA of current while in listening mode), VM1010 reduces standby power by two orders of magnitude and can increase standby time by a factor of 100.

Vesper will also demonstrate the extremely fast response time of VM1010, showing how it can go to full power within microseconds, quick enough to record what a user is saying and capture keywords and other acoustic event triggers. For more information, visit: or watch the video.

Join Us for MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase
Sponsored by Rogue Valley Microdevices, MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase will take place from 11:15 am-12:15 pm. on November 10, 2016. Audiences will choose a winner, which MSIG Executive Director Karen Lightman will announce at the close of MEMS Executive Congress US 2016 on November 11.

About MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress
Now in its 12th year, MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2016 is an annual event that brings together business leaders from a broad spectrum of industries: automotive, communications, consumer goods, energy/environmental, industrial and medical. It is a unique professional forum at which executives from companies designing and manufacturing MEMS/sensors technology sit side-by-side with their end-user customers in panel discussions and networking events to exchange ideas and information about the use of MEMS and sensors in commercial applications.

MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress US will take place November 9-11, 2016 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. For more information, please contact MSIG via phone: +412/390-1644, email: or visit MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress US.



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