MEMS is the new fab filler, and more: Semico Spin blog

(October 15, 2010)Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are perceived as being simple mechanical devices manufactured on 6-inch or smaller wafers, via mature semiconductor fab technology. Recently, MEMS devices have experienced high growth rates in consumer products, and the MEMS potential extends into safety and automotive apps. Semico’s bloggers Joanne Itow and Tony Massimini say foundries and EDA/IP vendors are salivating over the revenue growth potential for MEMS development.

In their latest blog post, Itow, managing director; and Massimini, chief of technology at Semico, say that MEMS are the current "fab filler," just as CMOS image sensors were in 2003. But with applications across the total spectrum of electronics — from screen rotation on cell phones to safety sensors on industrial transportation — MEMS have the potential to be more.

Read the blog for more MEMS analysis and information about Coventor’s latest EDA tool partnership with Cadence: 

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