By Cameron Chai
A provider of innovative semiconductor systems and MEMS for portable and consumer applications, STMicroelectronics has announced the launch of iNEMO campus design contest for the year 2011. This is an open competition for designing novel applications using ST's iNEMO multi-sensor technology.
This contest is co-sponsored by Taiwan's Association of Nanotechnology and Micro System. The objective of iNEMO design contest is to support and promote creative design concepts for MEMS applications among engineers and students across Taiwan.
ST's iNEMO, a development and testing tool, allows nine axis MEMS sensing of magnetic, angular, and linear motion. It also offers temperature and pressure sensing controlled by the STM32 32-bit microcontroller. This tool integrates multiple sensors with software and processing capabilities in a single unit. This allows improvement in performance and functionality in several applications such as patient monitoring, portable navigation devices, robotics, human machine interface, and gaming.
The iNEMO campus design contest will be conducted till mid-December 2011. It awards ten winning concepts with a total prize value of NT$200,000. The evaluation will be done on the basis of the implementation, practicality, innovativeness, working, presentation, and end demonstration of the concepts. The ten winners will be declared on December 15, 2011 at ST's sensor symposium organized at Taipei.
Benedetto Vigna, VP and GM of the MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog Division, stated that the company identifies the importance of innovation, originality, and usability in MEMS design. The company further enhances the growth of MEMS industry through its innovation abilities and dedication in nurturing talent among young engineers and university students worldwide, he added.