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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.4, April 2010

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2.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and Journal, Vol.115, Issue 4, April 2009

3.   PCB Load & Torque, Inc. Load Cell Sensors Now a Better-Than-Ever Value

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5.   Emerging MEMS Technologies and Markets Report 2010-2015

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2)  10th IFAC Workshop on Programmable Devices and Embedded Systems (PDeS2010)

     Pszczyna, Poland, Imperium Hotel, 6-8 October, 2010




Industrial Programmable Controllers,

Industrial PC’s and PLC’s

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Field Programmable Logic and High End Design Means

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Wireless Communication for Control Systems

  • Industrial Wireless Standards

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  • Personal Digital Accessories in Context of Control Systems

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  • Measurement ad Control in Biomedicine

Deadline for paper: 30 April 2010


Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal and Magazine (e-Digest),
Vol. 115, No. 4, April 2010



Research Articles



1) Role of MEMS in Biomedical Application: A Review,

    by Himani Sharma, P. A. Alvi, S. Dalela and J. Akhtar, pp.1-10

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


2) Novel Pressure Sensor for Aerospace Purposes,

    by T. Beutel, M. Leester-Schädel, P. Wierach, M. Sinapius and S. Büttgenbach, pp.11-19

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


3) Design and Implementation of an Embedded Digital Throwing System Based on MEMS Multiaxial Accelerometer,

    by Zhen Gao and Dan Zhang, pp.20-28

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


4) On the Modeling of a MEMS Based Capacitive Accelerometer for Measurement of Tractor Seat Vibration,

    by M. Alidoost, G. Rezazadeh, M. Hadad-Derafshi, pp.29-42

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


5) Optimization of Contact Force and Pull-in Voltage for Series based MEMS Switch,

    by Abhijeet Kshirsagar, S. P. Duttagupta, S. A. Gangal, pp.43-47

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


6) Fully on-chip High Q Inductors based on Microtechnologies,

    by Kriyang Shah, Nazuhusna Khalid, Jugdutt Singh, Hai P. Le, John Devlin and Zaliman Sauli, pp.48-60

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


7) A Combined Thermo-Electrostatic MEMS-Based Switch with Low Actuation Voltage,

    by Parisa Mahmoudi, Habib Badri Ghavifekr, Esmail Najafiaghdam, pp.61-70

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


8) Output Force Enhancement of Scratch Drive Actuator in Low-Voltage Region by Using Flexible Joint,

    by Shawn Chen, Chiawei Chang and Wensyang Hsu, pp.71-82

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


9) Electroplated Nickel Micromirror Array,

    by Mahmoud Almasri and Albert B. Frazier, pp. 83-91

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


10)Pull-In Phenomenon Investigation in Nonlinear Electromechanical Coupled System by Distributed Model Frequency Analysis Method,

    by Ahmadali Tahmasebi-Moradi, Fatemeh Abdolkarimzadeh and Ghader Rezazadeh, pp. 92-107

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


11)Generic Compact Model of Double-Gate MOSFETs Applicable to Different Operation Modes and Channels,

     by Xingye Zhou, Jian Zhang, Lining Zhang, Chenyue Ma, Xing Zhang, Jin He and Mansun Chan, pp. 108-115

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


12)The Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Nematic Liquid Crystals based Chemical and Biological Sensors with Electroplated Microstructures,

     by Jun Namkung and Robert G. Lindquist, pp.116-123

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


13)Analytic Calculation of Forces and Torques on a Silicon Die under Fluidic Self-alignment,

    by R. C. Woods, pp.124-134

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


14)Silicon Die Self-alignment on a Wafer: Stable and Unstable Modes,

     by Jean Berthier, Kenneth Brakke, François Grossi, Loïc Sanchez, Léa DI Cioccio, pp.135-150

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


15)A Method to Improve the SGADER Process and Fabricate Ultra-thick Proof Mass Inertial Sensors under the Same DRIE Technique,

    by Haifeng Dong, Jianli Li, pp.151-159

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


16)Design of Novel Paper-based Inkjet Printed Rounded Corner Bowtie Antenna for RFID Applications,

    by Yasar Amin, Julius Hållstedt, Hannu Tenhunen, Li-Rong Zheng, pp.160-167

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]





 Novel Sensors for Food Inspections

 by Mohd. Syaifudin Bin Abdul Rahman, Subhas C. Mukhopadhyay and Pak Lam Yu, pp. 1-40

 [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]




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 Bullet PCB Load & Torque, Inc. Load Cell Sensors Now a Better-Than-Ever Value


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 Bullet Emerging MEMS Technologies and Markets Report 2010-2015



Why another MEMS market report ?


MEMS markets have been and will always be driven by innovation. It means that, every year, new MEMS developments are coming out. Not all of them find commercial success, but the constant stream shows there are plenty of applications where MEMS devices could be used. For a long time, the MEMS market has been composed of “mature” MEMS devices: IJ heads, pressure sensors, accelerometers and DMD. Then came microfluidics, gyroscopes, micro phones, RF MEMS (the latter still struggling to shift to large volume). In addition to these devices, there are a lot of new MEMS that have crossed the gap from R&D to commercialization, or are close to doing so. This report presents these new “Emerging MEMS” devices that could be the next killer application of tomorrow.


This report presents a market and technical overview for MEMS-based Auto Focus, Electronic Compass, Energy Harvesting, Micro-bolometers, Micro displays, Micro fuel cells, Micro speakers, Micro structures, Microtips, Oscillators and RFID.



Innovative Developments, Promising Markets


Estimated to be $550M in 2009 a few % of the total MEMS business, Emerging MEMS markets have the potential to add $2.2B to the overall MEMS market by 2015.


An interesting fact is that most of the new MEMS developments are under the roof of startups. The situation is quite similar to what happened in the 1998-1999 period, when many new MEMS developments were on the edge of crossing the chasm - today these are mature MEMS products with large volume markets. We have identified more than 30 startups involved in new developments. These new companies will contribute a major part of the Emerging MEMS market devices by 2015 (10% of the total MEMS market)!


Among the MEMS devices analyzed in this report, microbolometers, digital compasses & oscillators will represent the most promising markets. Out of these 3, only microbolometers are mature technologies (while still subject to innovations to lower cost and increase integration). MEMS oscillators are now ready to take a significant share of the timing market. Digital compass is a soaring market in 2010 that started in earnest in 2007 thanks to the first monolithic 3-axis devices.

  • Micro displays are a more risky technology as the technology is not mature yet. But CA GR will be very high.

  • Micro fuel cells have large market expectation as MEMS based microfuel cell market is expected to take about 25% of the global microfuel cell market.

  • Other emerging MEMS will still represent a major market value in 2015. They are micro tips and micro probes. Auto focus is today shifting from AF lens to an integrated OIS solution for camera modules with gyroscopes. This could boost the gyroscope market as soon as 2010.

  • Finally, considered as Emerging MEMS technologies and covered in our report, other applications are really at the start of the learning curve or will stay niche applications. They are micro structures for watches, RFID, Energy harvesting and Micro speakers (with the latter showing promise for a volume market by 2015).


Objectives of the Report


1. Understanding of the players and their new MEMS devices under development. For each Emerging MEMS device:
   overview, market dynamics, technologies, players, technical trends and market shares are described.

2. Market data on new MEMS developments. Each Emerging MEMS has been quantified in market value and units for 2009 through 2015.

3. An identification of new MEMS companies that could contribute to the MEMS market growth in the future.



Who Should Buy This Report ?


MEMS companies:

To evaluate the potential for new MEMS applications

To monitor and benchmark potential competitors


MEMS foundries:

To identify new MEMS companies that could be

interested by a foundry partner


Financial & Strategic investors:

To understand the potential of new MEMS devices.

To get a list of emerging startups of the MEMS industry

R&D players:

To understand new technical challenges in MEMS


Equipment & Material suppliers:

To understand the technical evolution of future MEMS


To identify new business opportunities and prospects


OEMs & Integrators:

To evaluate benefits of using these new MEMS in your



For more details please visit a report's web page and download flyers with an order form Acrobat logo (1.96 Mb)



Emerging MEMS Report 2010


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