By Cameron Chai
MEMS Industry Group (MIG), a trade association that encourages and promotes micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) across international markets, has recently conducted an industry meeting and moderated the panel discussion on the benefits and problems faced by designers in integrating MEMS into DSP and microprocessors.
According to Karen Lightman, managing director of MIG, consumers have begun working with nano-sized handheld embedded platforms in multiple innovative ways. They are able to access and play virtual games with Nintendo Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360, identify their position on an iPhone using Google Maps, and share images and videos through nano-sized pico projectors. They are also able to remote control IPTVs, with the help of air time. Applications that are based on microprocessors or DSP for processing power are based on the MEMS technology. It is of primary importance, therefore, that designers should understand how to incorporate this technology into their embedded platforms.
The forum panel, ‘Integrating MEMS with DSP/Microprocessors: Thoughts from the MEMS Ecosystem’, was held in the ESC Theater at ESC Silicon Valley, McInery Convention Center, San Jose, California.
Lightman, who moderated, was joined on the panel by Wayne Meyer, marketing and applications manager, MEMS and Sensor Technology Group, Analog Devices, Tom Flynn, vice president of business development and sales, Coventor, Eric Pabo, manager, business development MEMS, EV Group, Michael Housholder, senior director of solution marketing, InvenSense; and Michael Maia, vice president, Americas sales and marketing, Kionix.