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The 2022 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card: Unprecedented Positive Turnaround In Virtually All Grades Demonstrates MEMS Industry Resilience To COVID
MEPTEC Report, Vol. 27 Issue 2

The recent publishing of the complimentary Final Report on the 2022 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Study by Roger Grace Associates (RGA) brings much good news… especially in light of the dismal grades reported in the previous year’s study [1], much of which was directly attributable to the deleterious effects of COVID. The publishing of the results, which continue a legacy beginning in 1998, not only demonstrated that...

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Results of 2022 Study See Positive Turnaround in MEMS Commercialization

Fierce Electronics: August 1, 2023

An unprecedented increase in virtually all of the grades of the 14 subjects (a.k.a. critical success factors) in the recently concluded Roger Grace Associates 24th annual MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Study was realized and summarized in this article.

The aggregated grade increased from C+ to B-, thus demonstrating the resilience of MEMS Industry participants to significantly mitigate the negative effects of Covid which continued to exist into the Report Card year of 2022. The article includes two Report Card graphics and addresses:
• Study rationale
• Study methodology
• Individual grade results for the 14 topics a.k.a. critical success factors for MEMS commercialization from the study’s inception in 1998 to the present
• Summary / Results / Recommended Actions

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How COVID and the Downturning Economic Uncertainty are Affecting the Successful Commercialization of MEMS and What to Do About It: The MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card

MEPTEC Report Fall 2022, Front Page

This extensive feature article is a summary of the results of the 2021 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card (a complimentary copy of the Final Report is available). The article addresses the results of the actual grades plus selected verbatims of the approximately 125 verbatims that were submitted. Most noteworthy were the results of the impact of Covid on several of the grades. The overall grade decreased from B- to C+ thus ending the six years string of B- grades. 13 of the 14 grades (critical success factors), decreased at least one grade with “Established Infrastructure” declining two grades…certainly as a direct result of supply chain issues. Barriers to the successful commercialization of MEMS were presented as well as recommended strategies for overcoming these barriers

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2021 MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Final Report 

Roger Grace Associates, July 2022 

The results of the 2021 microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) Industry Commercialization Report Card (Report Card) Study, first published in 1998, have been issued in a 30-page Final Report. The Final Report provides the grades of the 14 subjects a.k.a. critical success factors and included over 50 of the approximately 125 verbatims that were provided by the attendees. A summary and recommended actions for successful commercialization are also provided. The final grade declined from B- to C+ breaking a string of the previous six years with 13 of the 14 subjects losing a grade and the grade of “Established Infrastructure” declining two grades. It was apparent from the grades and the verbatims that Covid and especially supply chain issues had a most significant effect on several of the grades.

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Forecast for 2022 for MEMS/Sensors

Tech Briefs, June 2022

It gives me great pleasure to kick off 2022 with a forecast of technology and business trends for sensors/MEMS (Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems). Contributors to this technology and business trends outlook represent the worldwide sensors/MEMS industry based on their industry role, extensive experience, and knowledge. They are from China, Germany, Austria, and the U.S. The full spectrum of the industry is represented: device/system design, infrastructure vis-à-vis wafer foundry, industry association, and marketing/sales by me.

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Janusz Bryzek Tribute Retrospective

Roger Grace Associates, MEPTEC Report, Fall 2022

The sensor community mourns the loss of one of its most favorite sons… Janusz Bryzek Ph.D., who passed peacefully at his Oakland Hills, California home at the age of seventy-four on November 10, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. In discussions with Bette Cooper, past MEPTEC Executive Director, and Ira Feldman, MEPTEC Executive Director, who were also good friends and colleagues of Janusz, we concurred that a retrospective article as a tribute to Janusz would be a fitting and proper gesture to honor this great man.

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Industry Insiders Share Their Sensors/MEMS Industry Forecasts for 2022, Including the Impact of COVID

Fierce Electronics. January 18, 2022

It gives me great pleasure to kick off 2022 with a forecast of technology and business trends for sensors/MEMS (Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems). I am best known for my annual MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Market Study, published annually since 1998 as a critical assessment of the results of MEMS commercialization efforts for the previous year. With the help of my colleagues and co-contributors, we are now looking forward instead of back.

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COVID and supply chain woes help drive dramatic drop in 2021 MEMS report card

Fierce Electronics - August 1, 2022

The results are in and the grades are in for the 2021 microelecticalmechanical systems (MEMS) Industry Commercialization Report Card Study. Not surprisingly, due to COVID and supply chain woes, the final grade declined from B- to C+, breaking a string of the previous six years.

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Marketing in a Recession: How to Survive
Sensors Daily, April 8, Edition

Considering the current state of affairs worldwide, I was compelled to author this article which will address the major impact of the current unprecedented global pandemic resulting from the Covid-19 virus and its effects on the resulting financial-economic crisis (slowdown…yes…recession?) relating to business and marketing strategies...

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How to Become a MEMS (and other High Technology) Millionaire: Strategies and Case Studies

Commercial Micromanufacturing International, Vol. 9, No. 1

Here, I will take a deep dive into the issues, which have in the past and currently can serve to help create MEMS Millionaires. This updated report is partially based on recent interviews of four of the MEMS industry’s most recognized successful and serial entrepreneurs.

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Printed/Flexible/ Stretchable Sensors: New Technologies Enable High Volume Applications

Commercial Micromanufacturing International, Vol 8, No. 7

The MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card (Report Card), introduced in 1998, has the objective to track and report on the progress (and sometimes lack thereof) in the commercialization of the worldwide MEMS industry. The impetus of the Report Card was based on my invitation to participate in a panel discussion on "Why aren't there more MEMS millionaires?” 

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Design and Manufacturing Process Considerations for the Creation of Printed Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems

Commercial Micro-Manufacturing International, Vol. 12, No. 1

The rapid commercialization of printed sensors and sensor-based systems’ time has come. As previously stated, printed sensors are the third wave in the innovation of sensors1. The first was discrete electromechanical and the second was MEMS/silicon, both of which have achieved maturity. Though printed technology has been available since the mid-80s when Interlink Electronics and Tekscan established patents on their force sensing resistor (FSR) technology2, many barriers to commercialisation have existed.

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MEMS (and Sensors) Marketing: Oxymoron or Opportunity? (Part 1 of 3 Parts)

Commercial Micro-Manufacturing International, Vol. 9, No. 4

The American Marketing Association defines marketing as “the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.” In my over 30 years as an independent technology marketing consultant, I have worked with literally scores of clients, the majority of which have been in the MEMS/sensors sector that have engaged my consulting services to assist them in increasing their success in the market, either to successfully accelerate their existing products into the market, launch new products or even launch new companies.

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The 2020 MEMS Industry Commercialisation Report Card: How the Impact of COVID-19 Is Reflected in the Critical Success Factor Grades

Commercial Micro Manufacturing, Oct. 18, 2021

The recently issued Final Report of the MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card Study provides detailed information on the background of the report’s creation and the process by which it has been conducted by Roger Grace Associates. Since its inception in 1998, the Report Card has addressed the 14 critical success factors i.e. subjects for commercialization and their performance vis-à-vis assigned letter grades provided by respondents. Most interesting for this year’s report is the assessment of Covid on the Report Card’s grades and especially the respondents’ candid verbatims on key subjects including those directly affected by Covid including infrastructure, marketing, profitability, and R & D. Recommended pivoting strategies for succeeding in overcoming the continuing effects of Covid and the embracing of the “new normal” are provided.

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Smart Sensors…Defined and Redefined

Product Design and Development (PD&D), May/June 2016

The bottom line is that products need to be smarter… a.k.a. more functional and possess more “bells and whistles” to be successful in today’s marketplace. Simultaneously, they must be more reliable and have a lower bill of materials to reduce costs.

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MEMS: Think Outside the Chip at the Package Level (with Maryann Maher, Ph.D.)

Electronic Products, November 2010

The packaging for a MEMS device is a critical component of delivering a successful MEMS-based system solution to the market. Our research has found that, for today’s typical MEMS-based products, the cost of packaging can be 20% to 40% of the product’s total material and assembly cost. Since testing after packaging is much more costly than testing at the device level because of yield factors, it is crucial that the package be correctly selected/designed for the application.

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MEMS Commercialization Report Card – Episode 6: Marketing
(Part 1 of 4 Parts)

Sensors Daily, April 22, 2020

Marketing is one of the 14 critical success factors in the commercialization of MEMS as well as virtually for all products. “Marketing is Everything” [1] is the title of the Harvard Business Review article authored by Silicon Valley marketing luminary Regis McKenna.

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MEMS Commercialization Report Card – Episode 7: Marketing
(Part 2 of 4 Parts)

Sensors Daily, May 6, 2020

This article will provide an overview of marketing principles and a brief review of the results of the MEMS Commercialization Report Card. When conducting interviews, it became apparent to me that, when following up on the 30 plus respondents to my annual Report Card study, it would be interesting to take a deep dive into the rationales for their submitted grades.

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Sensors for Advanced Automotive Applications

Electronic Products, February 2015

Last month’s CES clearly indicated the ever-growing, mainstream role of electronics in automobiles — several years ago there were no automakers at the event, and this year there were 10, from Audi to Volkswagen. Many automakers were demonstrating their novel and advanced Infotainment and display systems as well as safety systems using radars lasers and cameras to enable so-called “self-driving cars.”

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MEMS Sensor Solutions for IoT in Transport and Buildings

Electronic Products, November 2010

The good news is that all of the hardware for the realization of MBSS to support Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications is virtually off the shelf, with the exception of the package and an energy system (batteries are frequently being used for this purpose, sometimes in conjunction with energy harvesting).

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Thermally-Based MEMS Sensors (with Yongyao Cai and James Fennelly)

Commercial Micromanufacturing International, Vol. 6, No. 1

The electronic system designer is truly fortunate when it comes to specifying a sensor to optimally satisfy a specific system function. This results from the myriad of sensor technologies that currently exist to measure the various parameters to meet the system’s design requirements. This applies to accelerometers and gas flow sensors. This article will address the topic of acceleration.

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Thermally-Based MEMS Sensors (with Yongyao Cai and James Fennelly)

Commercial Micromanufacturing International, Vol. 6, No. 2

We have addressed in Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the March/April issue (Volume 6, Number 2) of this publication, the ability of thermally-based MEMS sensors to measure acceleration. This article, which is the conclusion of this two-part series, will address the very same mechanism of thermal sensing to measure gas-flow.

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Technology Clusters and Their Role in the Commercialization of Micro and NanoSystems

Commercial Micromanufacturing International - Vol. 5, No. 2

Industrial clusters have existed since the very beginning of the industrial revolution. Technology clusters first become prominent in the Route 128 area of Boston in the early 1940s to support the U.S. military involvement in W.W.II. Silicon Valley saw its first technology cluster develop to support the meteoric growth of the semiconductor industry in the early 1960s.

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