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Nordic MEMS - Status and possibilities

Microsystems, or small, functional components, will be the key components in systems realizing “the instrumentation society” we are entering during the next 5-10 years. There are numerous possible applications for microsystems. As a breakthrough technology, allowing unparalleled synergy between previously unrelated fields such as biology and microelectronics, many new microsystems applications will emerge, expanding beyond that which is currently identified or known.
  • Publicerad 2003-02-25
  • Senast uppdaterad 2011-05-20

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Microsystems will have a value added effect for other industries, and have influence on many industry processes and services. There is a large potential for synergy and strong industrial acceleration when establishing easy access between research centres, technology suppliers and companies across the boarders of the Nordic countries.
In all Nordic countries large investments in laboratories for microsystem technologies have been done during the last 5 years. It’s a common Nordic challenge to take advantage of these investments in other industry sectors than the electronics industry.

 

General about microsystems:

  1. Microsystems, or small, functional components, will be the key components in systems realizing “the instrumentation society” we are entering during the next 5-10 years.
  2. Microsystems will have a value added effect for other industries, and have influence on many industry processes and services.
  3. There are numerous possible applications for microsystems. As a breakthrough technology, allowing unparalleled synergy between previously unrelated fields such as biology and microelectronics, many new microsystems applications will emerge, expanding beyond that which is currently identified or known.
  4. The technology has a generic character. A microsystem developed for one application may be used for other applications as well with only small adjustments.

 

The Nordic perspective:

  1. There is a large potential for synergy and strong industrial acceleration when establishing easy access between research centres, technology suppliers and companies across the boarders of the Nordic countries.
  2. A common Nordic competence platform of microsystem technologies will give Nordic companies access to design and production competence at a leading international level. A Nordic collaboration will strengthen the microsystems field to be competitive with larger economies like Germany, Britain, or France.
  3. Microsystems (MEMS, MOEMS and microsensors) activities is beyond 1000 Mddk yearly in the Nordic countries
  4. The research and industrial structure in the individual countries differ strongly in its organization and its topics and application areas
  5. MEMS and MOEMS are firmly established on few specialized application. At least 10 companies have MEMS/MOEMS based products which are competitive on the world marked. Over 20 universities are active in the field and together they cover a broad research platform
  6. Mainly companies involved in component productions have invested in using the technology.
  7. The Nordic technology base is firm and broad enough for wider use in many other industries.
  8. There exist no other initiatives to establish synergy between the activities in the individual countries.

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