MEMS Basic Concept

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MEMS (Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems) technology is inherent in micron-sized mechanical devices that can sense, process and/or control the surrounding environment. Sensing capabilities derive from mechanical features measured in microns.


MEMS-based sensors are a crucial component in automotive electronics, medical equipment, smart portable electronics such as cell phones, PDAs, and hard disk drives, computer peripherals, and wireless devices. These sensors began in the automotive industry especially for crash detection in airbag systems. Throughout the 1990s to today, the airbag sensor market has proved to be a huge success using MEMS technology.


MEMS-based sensors are now becoming pervasive in everything from inkjet cartridges to cell phones. Every major market has now embraced the technology.


The following sections will be added to this site soon:

MEMS Business Applications
Brief History of MEMS
How MEMS Works
MEMS Technical Standards
Issues that Impact MEMS Implementation