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Improving MEMS commercial applications

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices have been around for over 50 years and their applications are hugely varied. They can be found in car airbag systems, where they detect the deceleration of the vehicle, and in smartphones, where they measure rotation to create an intuitive user interface.

An electrostatic MEMS actuator with silver coated glass microsphere, used for the measurement of piezoelectric coefficients in micro-scale systems
An electrostatic MEMS actuator with silver coated glass
microsphere, used for the measurement of piezoelectric
coefficients in micro-scale systems

However, despite these niche applications, the commercial growth of MEMS devices has not yet met expectations. An article in New Electronics focuses on the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) as one of a number of partners working on the Metrology for Energy Harvesting Project, backed by the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). This project looks to address the lack of commercial growth by enabling 'joined up' collaborative research across Europe.

Read the full article in New Electronics

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More on EMRP project: Metrology for Energy Harvesting

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Last Updated: 18 Sep 2017
Created: 11 Jun 2013

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