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Nov 15th, 2011
25% jump in MEMS Executive Congress attendance signals emerging MEMS "mainstream"
The MEMS Executive Congress wrapped in early November with 225 attendees, 25% increase over last year.
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Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are seen in mainstream devices and creating "exciting new ways" of interacting with the world, say Congress organizers MEMS Industry Group (MIG).

From the world's first GPS-enabled goggles and ingestible "intelligent" medicine to a handheld laser projector that plugs into iPhone and other multimedia devices, MEMS Executive Congress attendees explored "the MEMS inside the machine" during the Congress's first-ever MEMS Technology Showcase.

The MEMS supply chain, top OEMs, investment experts, market strategists and technology press attended the conference, which included discussions on sensor networks, consumer MEMS, and foundry models, among other topics, noted organizer Karen Lightman of MIG.

Highlights of the Congress include the addition of Semico Research and Forrester Research, which brought fresh perspectives to the market analyst panel. Keynote speaker Scott Livingston, CEO, Livingston Securities, challenged the audience's thinking on emerging technology investment models. And closing keynote speaker, Aaron Schulman, business director, Toffler Associates, shared his views on how billions of connected devices, geo-political changes and environmental shifts will impact technology, business and society.

MEMS are seeing growth in all markets, exceeding $19B by 2016 (Yole Developpment), especially in consumer and mobile devices, as well as gaming, automotive applications (tire pressure monitoring systems, airbags, electronic stability systems) and biomedical systems (monitoring, drug-delivery, tissue and organ replacement).

MEMS Executive Congress is a unique professional forum at which executives from companies designing and manufacturing MEMS technology sit side-by-side with their end-user customers in panel discussions and networking events to exchange ideas and information about the use of MEMS in commercial applications.

MIG will host a European MEMS Executive Congress at the Hotel Novotel Zurich Airport Messe on March 20, 2012; the US MEMS Executive Congress 2012 will be held November 7-8, 2012 at the Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, visit MEMS Executive Congress at www.memscongress.com.

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is a trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. For more information, visit www.memsindustrygroup.org.

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