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Perspective 2016: A Word On Things, From Before There Was An Internet

Perspective 2016: A Word On Things, From Before There Was An Internet

You can’t have the perpetual motion machine I received for Christmas this year, at least until I patent it. And the candy’s mostly gone. But there is something I would like to share with you, readers, and that something is beginning-of-the-year thoughts about connected things. It is a heavy responsibility indeed to carry the load of being the ‘It” item at the Consumer Electronics Show, bec... »

The MEMS Supply Chain: Through the Looking Glass at IDTechEx 2015

The MEMS Supply Chain: Through the Looking Glass at IDTechEx 2015

What is the MEMS supply chain as we know it going to do, device makers and equipment suppliers both, if paper becomes the next MEMS/sensor substrate? And why are we interested? Dr. Alissa M. Fitzgerald, A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, gave what was probably the single most talked-about presentation at the recent MEMS Executive Congress in Napa, CA. In “Emerging MEMS & Sensor Technologies t... »

Hey Data Guys, Show Us the Money!

Hey Data Guys, Show Us the Money!

I spent last week attending two separate events: the opening of the Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance Scaling (CHIPS) at UCLA, and The MEMS Executive Congress, in Napa. I came away from both events with some interesting takeaways on new technology developments, which I plan to dive into and share in the coming week. But more importantly than that, I came away with some perceptio... »

Executive Viewpoint: MEMS from Automotive to Consumer Electronics to IoT and Back

Executive Viewpoint: MEMS from Automotive to Consumer Electronics to IoT and Back

According to Eric Mounier, of Yole Développement, over the past 15 years, the MEMS market has grown from 15M units to 5B units, driven first by the automotive market to comply with safety regulations, and then by consumer electronics due to the added functionalities in smartphones that require accelerometers, gyroscopes, and geo-magnetic sensors. Mounier says that the next big thing could be auto... »

2015 European MEMS Summit:  Are we Living La Vida Loca or La Dolce Vida?

2015 European MEMS Summit: Are we Living La Vida Loca or La Dolce Vida?

Last week, (September 18-19, 2015) SEMI Europe hosted its first-ever European MEMS Summit, in Milan Italy. It was a fitting host city for several reasons; first, the nearby EXPO 2015, which focused on Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life, inspired the theme of the MEMS Summit: “Sensing the Planet, MEMS for Life.” Second, it seemed that in comparison to the semiconductor industry, which calls... »

MEMS Technology for your Senses: What can you Expect?

MEMS Technology for your Senses: What can you Expect?

LYON, France – September 11, 2015 — Hearing, touching, smelling and seeing… what will be the next improvement that MEMS technology will bring to our senses? Sensors are now small enough, reliable enough, and accurate enough to be included in a pocket-sized device of only 9cm³ and become the interface with the environment, details Yole Développement (Yole) in its latest report dedicated to... »

In Conversation with Yann Guillou About the SEMI European MEMS Summit 2015

In Conversation with Yann Guillou About the SEMI European MEMS Summit 2015

Yann Guillou, Membership & Business Development, SEMI Europe, talked with 3D InCites / 3D+ about the upcoming European MEMS Summit 2015, which will be held in Milan, Italy, on 17-18 September. 3D InCites / 3D+: Yann, thank you for taking the time to talk with us today about the European MEMS Summit 2015 SEMI is producing this year in Milan. You have as a theme for the summit Sensing the Planet... »

Cladogenesis: The Clouds Parted Over California to Reveal … IoT, MEMS, FD-SOI, and Heterointegration

Cladogenesis: The Clouds Parted Over California to Reveal … IoT, MEMS, FD-SOI, and Heterointegration

The semiconductor fabrication industry has been wandering in something of a wilderness recently, what with the continued delays in EUV lithography as a production-ready technology, 450mm gone quiet, ‘teenage’ FinFET costs zooming, and the baton in single-digit nanometer FinFET passing from Intel to IBM and its partners. It’s a situation that made SEMICON West 2015 most interesting. There was... »

Sensors Expo 2015 and The Internet Of Messy Things

Sensors Expo 2015 and The Internet Of Messy Things

What are the implications for the Internet of Things when the “Things” are human beings? As was said in a recent New Yorker piece on exploring Mars, “… humans are the wrong stuff. They shouldn’t even be trying to get to another planet. Not only are they fragile, demanding, and expensive to ship; they’re a mess.” Beyond that, we humans are unreliable; we sometimes don’t take our med... »

Personal Dosimeters, TSMC CMOS Wafer MEMS, DRIE Commercialization: 3 Lessons from MEMS Engineer Forum 2015

Personal Dosimeters, TSMC CMOS Wafer MEMS, DRIE Commercialization: 3 Lessons from MEMS Engineer Forum 2015

The initial shock of a major earthquake lasts just a short time, tens of seconds, although it can seem forever for those trapped by its shaking. A tsunami wave train lasts minutes to hours before ocean waters re-stabilize after their initial disturbance. But the persistence of radiological disasters is measured in decades.  Decades in which the principles of entropy apply to the dispersion of the... »

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