On Nov 17th, the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) held its first “Ask the Experts” webinar that was focused on the issue of Technology Transfer in MEMS.
The panel of experts was pulled from MSIG’s technical advisory committee and included representatives from all aspects of the MEMS development supply chain, including contract design, reliability engineering, process development, test, and equipment. MicroVision’s Director of MEMS Development, Jason Tauscher, was invited to share his expertise on the topic alongside four other experts. With over 20 participants joining the virtual discussion, the focus was on design for test, reliability, and how to minimize risks during tech transfer.
This webinar was the continuation of a multi-year technology transfer discussion within MSIG aimed at leveraging member knowledge and experience to reduce time to market and increase success for new MEMS products and companies new to MEMS and sensors.
Jason has been involved directly with early initiatives on tech transfer and the Technology Development Process (TDP) at the annual MEMS & Sensors technical conferences over the last several years. He is also one of several co-authors of the MSIG Technology Transfer Guide Wiki, which resulted from these efforts.
MicroVision’s MEMS development model emphasizes detailed design supported by early prototyping in-house to enable transfer of fully qualified and robust MEMS designs to our manufacturing partners such as STMicroelectronics. This methodology allows us to do two things:
- Maintain strong proprietary design control
- Generate new IP to ensure that we continue to lead the industry for MEMS mirrors in support of Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) solutions.
As a MEMS & Sensors Industry Group member, we enjoy aligning with likeminded industry experts to leverage our general experience in a way that helps others streamline their own technology transfer process. Doing so drives a broader selection of mainstream products, which in turn increases the process options, drives equipment and material development, and increases the overall capability and capacity of the MEMS global production infrastructure.
For a list of upcoming webinars within the MSIG Education series, visit their website.