Novel energy-harvesting design wins global MEMS contest

May 10, 2018 // By Ally Winning
Cadence, Coventor, X-FAB and Reutlingen University announced a team from ESIEE Paris and Sorbonne University as the grand prize winner of the Global MEMS Design Contest 2018.

The team designed a MEMS-based energy harvesting product using electrostatic transduction. Energy harvesting products can be used in implantable medical devices and other portable electronics. The team received a $5,000 cash prize along with a one-year license of CoventorMP MEMS design software. X-FAB will fabricate the winning design using the X-FAB XMB10 MEMS manufacturing process.

The design contest has been running for two years and had the goal of encouraging the development of imaginative concepts in MEMS and mixed-signal design. Three semifinalist teams were selected in February this year to compete for the grand prize. A panel of industry professionals and respected academics selected the winner based upon innovation demonstrated in the hardware and methodology, the novelty of the application, adherence to the design flow and the educational value of the submission.

The team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, took the second prize, which included a cash award of $2,000. The team from KAUST created a MEMS resonator for oscillator, tunable filter and re-programmable logic device applications.

Third place went to the team from the University of Liege, Microsys, KU Leuven and Zhejiang University, who created a genetic algorithm for the design of non-linear MEMS sensors with compliant mechanisms and showcased it using a capacitive MEMS accelerometer. They received a cash prize of $1,000.

All three semifinalists presented their winning entries to design professionals at CDNLive EMEA 2018.

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