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MEMS Is the Word

Our Sensors in Design summit focuses on emerging applications.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have stealthily moved from DARPA research to daily use without most of the engineering world taking notice. The devices, which until recently saw service largely as automotive accelerometers to trigger airbags, have busted out big time in the consumer space.

At Design News, we've taken notice. We're running our first live event -- Sensors in Design. It's part of Design West, which has the broadest technical program ever. From March 26 to 29 in San Jose, seven summits are coming together under one roof.

ESC, the legendary Embedded Systems Conference & Exhibition, is joined by the Android Summit, Black Hat, DesignMed, MultiCore DevCon, EDN's Designing with LEDs, and Sensors in Design. You can check out the program here, and register for any and all of the summits.

Our Sensors event features a deep technical program with a focus on applications and actionable design tips for engineers who need to get up the learning curve quickly. That's key because many of you have an immediate need to fold sensors into the consumer products you're designing.

We saw this trend big time in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "MEMS are becoming more mainstream, not just with accelerometers in your smartphone and tire pressure monitors in your car, but now you are seeing MEMS magnetometers enabling your GPS to determine what floor you're on inside a building," Karen Lightman, managing director of the MEMS Industry Group, told us. "You'll also see MEMS microphones that can intelligently distinguish between your voice and background noise, and relay the former. I see the future and it's four letters: MEMS."

Karen will be one of our track chairs at the summit, along with sensors experts Alissa Fitzgerald, founder of A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, and Randy Frank. Our program includes a sensor-focused tablet teardown, robotics showcase, and panels on apps in factories, harsh environments, smart grid, sports, and healthcare.

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