Unifying approaches sought at MEMS conference

PITTSBURGH, Penn., Sept. 30, 2004 – MEMS industry leaders say interest is growing in sensors and other microsystems, and that hurdles to broader market acceptance include myriad approaches to proving reliability and making devices.

The two issues were discussed Wednesday at METRIC, a two-day annual meeting of the MEMS Industry Group (MIG) held in Pittsburgh. Standards and reliability have been perennial topics at METRIC, which invites more than 100 industry representatives in an effort to boost commercialization.

“In MEMS, a lot of us have our own technology — our edge is our technology,” said Clark Nguyen, founder of Discera Inc. and microsystems program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. “To grow, we have to let go of some of that. … Maybe it’s four common technologies everyone accepts.”

Results from METRIC, or MEMS Technology Roadmap and Industry Congress, will be published in MIG’s 2005 industry report. The document also will include a survey and additional research.


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