Industry Group (MIG), a global industry organization with more than
150 member-companies and partners, wrapped up another successful MEMS
Executive Congress® US 2012, November 7-8, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Fueled by double-digit growth rates and with an overall market estimated
to reach US $12.5B by 20161, the micro-electromechanical
systems (MEMS) industry is realizing explosive growth in consumer
electronics and mobile handsets, is strongly resurgent in automotive,
and is emerging as a core enabling technology in biomedical/quality of
life and diverse industrial applications, including energy and
transportation. A record number of attendees at MIG's eighth annual
executive conference and networking event were treated to an inside look
at what's propelling the MEMS market, and MEMS-enabled devices, forward.
"We are seeing a massive proliferation of MEMS devices across a broad
range of applications: from mobile handsets, tablets and pico
projectors, to health/medical monitors, automotive safety systems, the
smart grid, gaming, and robotics," said Karen Lightman, managing
director, MEMS Industry Group. "This combination of rapid growth and
demand for smaller, lower-power MEMS has created challenges that our
industry is solving. 'Sensor fusion' is easing the integration of MEMS
in heterogeneous systems. MEMS suppliers are making lower-power devices
and are packaging MEMS in IMUs that conserve board space. And the
industry is coming together to address the critical issue of MEMS
standardization. At MEMS Executive Congress, we dove collectively into
these and other pressing issues."
Opening Keynote Speaker Ajith Amerasekera, director, product
acceleration, High Performance Analog Business, Texas
Instruments, described the criticality of power to perpetual and
seamless connectivity. "As a technology that supports ubiquitous
intelligence, MEMS is helping to drive advances in electronic devices.
At the same time, we must consider the demands of pervasive, connected
electronic applications, in terms of energy generation and management.
The MEMS industry, and the larger ecosystem of which it is a part, must
rise to the challenges of integrated low-power sensor technology,
smaller form-factor battery and storage technology, and true
energy harvesting in order to sustain what will one day be trillions of
Closing Keynote Speaker Robert Brunner, founder, creative director and
innovation firm behind products from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Beats by Dr.
Dre, Adobe and Lark-offered MEMS Executive Congress attendees his
inclusive philosophy of product design. "Everybody in this room is a
designer," said Brunner. "Great design is developed around a vision that
manifests itself in something that people find not only useful, but
desirable." Brunner further hit a chord with the audience when he stated
that "while technology enables, it is design that establishes."
MEMS TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
MIG's second MEMS Technology Showcase® was yet again a highlight of the
conference. Moderated by Shawn G. DuBravac, chief economist and senior
director of research, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), MEMS
Technology Showcase inspired attendees to vote for their favorite
MEMS-enabled product in the competition. This year's winner, Sphero
by Orbotix, is the first robotic-ball gaming device controlled with a
tilt, touch or swing from a smartphone or tablet.
ABOUT MEMS EXECUTIVE CONGRESS
Now in its eighth year, MEMS Executive Congress is an annual event that
brings together business leaders from a broad spectrum of industries:
automotive, consumer goods, energy/environmental, industrial, medical
and telecom. It is a unique professional forum at which executives from
companies designing and manufacturing MEMS 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 in commercial
Premier sponsors of MEMS Executive Congress 2012 include: Platinum
Group; Gold Sponsors Applied
Materials and SPTS
Technologies; and Silver Sponsors Analog
Event sponsors include: ACUTRONIC,
Fitzgerald & Associates, Bosch
Automotive Electronics, Bosch
Research & Technology (FRT), Global
Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), IHS
and Nanotechnology Exchange, MIPI
State Technology, Teledyne
MEMS Foundry and Yole
MEMS Executive Congress US 2012 was held November 7-8, 2012 at the
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ.
UPCOMING: MEMS EXECUTIVE CONGRESS EUROPE
MIG will host its second MEMS Executive Congress Europe on March 12,
2013 at the Steigenberger
Airport Hotel Amsterdam, The Netherlands. MEMS Executive Congress
Europe 2013 will be co-located with Smart
Systems Integration 2013.
For more information, please contact MIG
via phone: 412/390-1644, email: info[at]memsindustrygroup.org or visit
MEMS Executive Congress at: www.memscongress.com.
ABOUT MEMS INDUSTRY GROUP
MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the trade association advancing MEMS across
global markets. More than 150 companies comprise MIG, including Analog
Devices, Applied Materials, Bosch, Freescale Semiconductor, GE,
Honeywell, HP, Intel, InvenSense, Murata Electronics Oy, OMRON
Electronic Components, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics and Texas
Instruments. For more information, visit: www.memsindustrygroup.org.
MEMS Industry Group, MEMS Executive Congress, MEMS Technology Showcase
and the MEMS Industry Group logo are registered trademarks of MEMS
Industry Group. All other product and company names are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders.
1 "MEMS Market Tracker" (2012) by Jérémie Bouchaud, director
and principal analyst, MEMS & Sensors, and Richard Dixon, principal
analyst, iHS iSuppli.
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