January 20, 2005 – The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) announced that it has received funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue its MEMS Cost Assessment Tool (MEMS CAT) project.
Sematech and its subsidiary, the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), have been chosen to modify their existing Cost Resource Model software for MIG.
The MEMS CAT will be the industry’s first standardized tool for configuring the cost to develop and produce a MEMS device, said the MIG. While the CAT project determined that the tool was desired and feasible in the MEMS industry, this extension of the project will result in a fully functioning model for the MEMS industry.
Ellen McDevitt, managing director of MIG commented, “Members of the MEMS Industry Group have been addressing the importance of understanding cost for many years. This project is in response to their needs and it is MIG’s hope that this will help to further the commercial development of MEMS.”
Upon its completion in the summer of 2005, the CAT will initially be available to members of the MEMS Industry Group only.