Advances in Applications Are Made in MEMS, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

MEMS, or Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, are the miniaturized middle step between traditional devices and structures built on the nanoscale.  MEMS are also much further advanced as a technology than nanotech, having been around for decades.  The systems have roots going back to the late 1960s when Honeywell created the first silicon-based pressure sensors.  In the 1980s, the MEMS sector grew dramatically when MEMS were incorporated as sensing devices in automobile airbags.  By 2007, there were 200 to 300 companies manufacturing MEMS, including industry leaders Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Bosch, Epson and Lexmark.  Today, it is a highly advanced, global industry. …

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