Cary, NC --- Cadence Design Systems, Coventor, X-FAB and Reutlingen University - joint sponsors of the worldwide MEMS Design Contest - today announced the commencement of the design phase of the contest with the selection of ten semi-finalist teams who will compete for the top prize. The contest was created to highlight and encourage the development of innovative MEMS and mixed-signal designs projects. Contest organizers carefully evaluated submissions from all over the world and selected the ten most innovative ideas to be further explored and developed during the design stage of the contest. Submissions ranged from teams of two to nine, addressing areas such as surgical robots, energy harvesting and automotive Heads Up Display (HUD) applications.
All ten design teams in the semi-final round will receive the design tools, methodologies and process technologies needed to create their MEMS and mixed-signal designs as well as free access to various blocks of Intellectual Property (IP) that can be used as part of their design such as digital standard cells, I/Os, RAM and ROM blocks.
The design phase of the contest runs from now until December 31, 2017. The top three finalists will be announced on February 28, 2018 and prizes will be awarded at the annual Cadence user conference, CDNLive EMEA, in Munich, Germany, in 2018.
The first-prize winner will receive a $5000 cash award, have their design manufactured at X-FAB’s wafer production facilities and get a free, one-year license of Coventor’s MEMS design software. The second and third prize winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 cash prizes respectively, along with a private tour of X-FAB’s foundry facilities.