@eviscito, who asked about MEMS integration in ASICs - it can be done, but it depends on the MEMS architecture. Some MEMS can not be easily integrated with a CMOS process. Analog Devices has very successfully come up with a MEMS design that is integrated with their BiCMOS electronics. Ultimately, it's a cost and yield question. Most mfgrs. choose to process MEMS and CMOS wafers separately and then integrate at the package level, because it's cheaper!
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