MEMS-Enabled High Volume Commercialization Opportunities


Session Organizer and Chairman: Roger H. Grace, Roger Grace Associates


Individuals interested in submitting an abstract of between 100-200 words …please send to  Close of abstract submission is July 1. 

This all-day session entitled “MEMS-Enabled Commercialization Opportunities” will bring together leading researchers from academia, laboratories and industry to share with the attendees their MEMS development activities that are expected to enable a number of large volume applications in the near future.  Although Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) have existed for many decades, it has only been recently that MEMS devices have enabled large volume a.k.a. killer applications.  The automotive application sector saw the first major adoption of this technology in many of its systems.  Today, the average car has over 30 MEMS devices with high end vehicles having close to 100 MEMS devices.  Most recently, consumer electronics especially mobile phone have adopted MEMS into their designs to provide users with enhanced functionality, performance  and convenience while assuring handset makers with well defined product differentiation in the market. These “smart”…MEMS-enabled phones currently constitute approximately 25% of the total 1.1 billion mobile phone market but more interestingly, the smart phone sector is growing at double-digits rates.  As a result of MEMS maturity, their prices have recently fallen rapidly which make them ideal for introduction into cost driven applications such as consumer products.  The future of MEMS continues to look bright based on the highly expected commercialization of numerous large volume applications including consumer games, mobile phones, structural health monitoring through wireless autonomous wireless networks (WASN), medical diagnostics and point of care applications, guidance systems for military munitions and  analytical instruments for environmental monitoring to name a few.

Roger Grace, the session organizer and chairman will present his well regarded “MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card” which will address the performance on the MEMS community in addressing 14 critical success factors for the year 2010.

In addition to presentations that will address a number of MEMS and MEMS-based systems that are expected to be commercialized in the very near future, a panel discussion will conclude the event and will address the issue on the key barriers to the commercialization of MEMS.  Panelists representing the technical and manufacturing/assembly and test perspectives will serve on the panel. Attendee participation will be encouraged.

The session has been created to provide the technology community of investors, technical management, systems engineers and MEMS device designers with a concise and up –to- the -minute assessment of opportunities available for MEMS and MEMS-based systems solutions.

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