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MEMS Design Contest 2018

MEMS Design Contest


The Cadence Academic Network, X-FAB, Coventor, and Reutlingen University have teamed up to organize a worldwide MEMS Design Contest. Let’s see who can design and build the best MEMS and mixed-signal designs—show us your ideas and win exciting prizes! If you don’t know how to use those tools, don’t worry! We’ll provide several workshops to familiarize you with the design tools and technologies.


Design Challenge

Contestants can choose to design one or more of the following items:

1.   Design an innovative MEMS device, leveraging Cadence and Coventor design tools and a proven X-FAB MEMS Manufacturing Process (XMS10 or XMB10). 

The X-FAB XMB10 MEMS manufacturing process will support MEMS designs such as MEMS-based inertial sensors, including gyroscopes and acceleration sensors, along with other types of products. As an example, you could design a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) using a pressure sensor, acceleration sensors, temperature sensors plus CMOS logic

Supported features of the X-FAB XMB10 process include:XMB10_Detail_picture.jpg

  • Sensor wafers with prefabricated, hidden cavities, proven for inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyroscopes)
  • Movable structures created from monocrystalline silicon
  • Capacitive actuation and sensing
  • Comb fingers with decreased height for out-of-plane actuation
  • Wafer level bonding for hermetic sealing





2.  Design a mixed-signal MEMS driver and read-out logic ASIC using the Cadence Design platform and the X-FAB XH035 or XH018 high voltage CMOS process.  

3.  Design a fully-integrated MEMS and CMOS product, using Coventor MEMS+ and Cadence design tools

MEMS design in Coventor MEMS+ environment using XMB10 PDK    Co-simulation of MEMS+ model and driver IC in Cadence Virtuoso


Awards / Prizes

The awards ceremony will take place at CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich:

1st Prize:
  • US $5,000 cash prize
  • Manufacture of the winning solution at X-FAB using the X-FAB MPW service
  • One-year license of Coventor’s MEMS design platform
  • Presentation of award at CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich
2nd Prize:
  • US $2,000 cash prize
  • Presentation of award at CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich
3rd Prize:
  • US $1,000 cash prize
  • Presentation of award at CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich


On line registration and proposal submission

July 17, 2016 –  December 31, 2016

•  Candidates submit (on the public contest website) a proposal with a description of their project
(click here to submit proposal)•   Proposal is reviewed by sponsors to assess suitability for manufacturing with the X-FAB processes•   Potential contestants are notified regarding acceptance/rejection of their proposal.   Modified proposals can be submitted until the proposal deadline, if a original proposal is not accepted.•   Accepted contestants must sign an NDA with X-FAB to obtain documentation on the X-FAB PDKsClick to review detailed application procedure
Deadline for detailed proposal submission

December 31, 2016

•   Review of proposal submissions by sponsors between December 31, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Acceptance notification

February 28, 2017

•   Accepted teams are expected to have access to Cadence tools and are provided with Coventor MEMS design software for the duration of the contest (until December 31, 2017) at no cost

•   Contestant teams start detailed design work

•   Coventor, Cadence and X-FAB will provide online workshops and design reviews for all teams

Final design submission deadline

December 31, 2017

•   Designs are reviewed by a jury selected by the sponsors.
Announcement of Finalists

February 28, 2018

CDNLive EMEA2018 Award Ceremony

May 2018

Detailed Design Requirements

  1. The solution can include two designs:
    • MEMS device in X-FAB XMS10 or XMB10 technology
    • Mixed-signal MEMS-driver and read-out logic ASIC in X-FAB XH035 or XH018 HV CMOS technology
  2. Teams may design both a MEMS and CMOS device, design a CMOS device only (using an available MEMS device template from X-FAB), or design and package a MEMS device only.    All of these alternatives are acceptable contest submissions.
  3. Two design groups (one for MEMS, one for logic) can apply as a single contestant.
  4. Contestants should leverage the use of both the Coventor and Cadence PDKs, as well as the Coventor and Cadence design environments.
  5. Teams should create a proposal, implement a schematic, simulate the design, produce a design layout of the solution, co-simulate both designs to show their functionality, and present the simulation waveforms and the layout at the end of the project.We will provide a presentation template that can be used to present the results of your design

Application Procedure

Online Registration and Proposal Submission:

  • Potential contestants should register on-line and provide a proposal of their project.

Proposal Review:

  • Organizers will review the feasibility and scope of the team’s proposal, and determine if the team’s project can be successfully completed using the XFAB PDK and Coventor/Cadence design tools.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the organizers.  Design groups with acceptable proposals will receive a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) from X-FAB.
  • Once the NDA is signed, the contestants will obtain access to the XMB10 and XMS10 process design kit (PDK) documentation.

The deadline for the Proposal Submission is December 31, 2016.

Design Phase:

  • Design groups who pass the proposal stage will be invited to participate in the contest, and will be provided with access to the full XFAB PDKs and Coventor’s MEMS design software at no charge for the duration of the contest.  Contestants can obtain Cadence software through normal distribution channels, or contact Cadence directly if they do not currently have a Cadence software license.
  • In order to familiarize design groups with MEMS/mixed-signal co-design, workshops and support will be provided  to the contestants by the organizers.

After the design phase, the jury will select the winning teams

Evaluation Criteria

The solution will be judged by a jury from industry and academia and based on the following criteria:

  • Degree of innovation in the proposed MEMS/ASIC hardware
  • Degree of innovation in the proposed MEMS/ASIC design methodology
  • Novelty of the application of the proposed MEMS/ASIC design
  • Educational value
  • Demonstration/PR value
  • Organizational value

MYIR Introduced the High-performance Xilinx Zynq-7015 SoM and DevKit

MYIR Introduced the High-performance Xilinx Zynq-7015 SoM and DevKit

2016-11-7   22:4:20     Click: 137

Shenzhen, China – November 8, 2016 – MYIR introduced a new CPU Module MYC-C7Z015 for Xilinx Zynq-7015 SoC with dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Artix-7 FPGA. Measured only 75mm by 75mm, it has additionally 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB eMMC, 32MB quad SPI Flash, a Gigabit Ethernet PHY, a USB PHY and external watchdog on board. Two 0.8mm pitch 140-pin board-to-board connectors provide a large number of I/O signals for ARM peripherals and FPGA I/Os to enable your base board extension.


MYC-C7Z015 CPU Module

MYIR offers a development board MYD-C7Z015 for evaluating or prototyping based on the MYC-C7Z015 CPU Module which shares the same base board with the MYC-C7Z010/20 CPU Module. The MYD-C7Z015 development board takes full features of the Zynq-7015 SoC to create a rich set of peripherals to the base board through headers and connectors. Compared to the MYD-C7Z010/20 development board, the MYD-C7Z015 has added one SFP optical transceiver module and one PCIe interface with two lanes. Other features are similar including one RS232 serial port, four USB Host ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, CAN, HDMI, LCD/Touch screen, TF card slot, RTC, one XADC header to allow you take advantage of Xilinx XADC, three PMoD headers to meet your I/O needs with PMoDs and one low-pin count FMC connector to allow various FMC cards for custom I/O options.

MYD-C7Z015 Development Board

The MYD-C7Z015 development board comes along with Linux 3.15.0 software packages, necessary cable accessories and optional 4.3-inch and 7-inch LCD Modules. It is an excellent programmable board for development based on Zynq-7000 family SoC and its typically applications ranges from Industrial Automation, Test & measurement, Medical Equipment, Aerospace to military and more others.

More information about the MYC-C7Z015 and MYD-C7Z015 can be found at:

About MYIR

MYIR Tech Limited is a global provider of ARM hardware and software tools, design solutions for embedded applications. We support our customers in a wide range of services to accelerate your time to market. MYIR is an ARM Connected Community Member and work closely with ARM and many semiconductor vendors. We sell products ranging from board level products such as development boards, single board computers and CPU modules to help with your evaluation, prototype, system integration or creating your own applications. Our products are used widely in industrial control, medical devices, consumer electronic, telecommunication systems, Human Machine Interface (HMI) and more other embedded applications. MYIR has an experienced team and provides custom services based on many processors (especially ARM processors) to help customers make your idea a reality.

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Luceda Photonics

FTD and Luceda Photonics  enters in to agreement to provide its silicon photonics  solutions for SE Asian customers.

Luceda provides an Integrated Photonics Environments for silicon photonics market. Luceda photonics spun out from IMEC Belgium photonics groups , they have several decades of silicon photonics design and manufacturing experience. IPKISS flow and IPKISS EDA are the successful photonics Integrated platforms for today’s generation silicon photonics systems. IPKISS-EDA has a capability to integrated with mentor graphics L-Edit (physical layout editor) and CST studio (Physical Optics) platform to do the faster verification for commercial customers. CTO of FTD Solutions Mr.Aravindan mentioned that ” Luceda got great experience in silicon photonics design technology and FTD got lot of experience in marketing and support for SE Asia region , this fruitful collboration  will address the market needs “

About FTD Solutions

Founded in the Year 1994 we have evolved from a Software distribution company to a provider of complete solutions. Today we provide total Engineering solutions for our market segments like Automotive, Hig-Tech, Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Healthcare, Clean-Tech, Energy . FTD Solutions is headquartered in Singapore and have operations in S E Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia) and India. We are professionally managed and have a series of eminent personalities from engineering field. Our total solution includes Products, Training, Design services, Project Management and Consultancy towards engineering from concept to end product.

About Luceda

Luceda Photonics wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Luceda Photonics’ tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design.

The team’s expertise in the development of process design kits (PDK) and the design and validation of photonic integrated circuits is used by several research institutes and industrial R&D teams worldwide.

The company started as spin-off from imec, the photonics group of the UGent and the VUB.

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ARM Seminar

Date : 16th October 2015
Venue : Lecture Theatre LT N-3,Block N, Level 3,School of Engineering,Nanyang Polytechnic, 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569830

Event Information

  • Registration Date : 1st October 2015 ~ 14th October 2015
  • Please register in advance due to limited seats to
  • After finishing the event, please exchange survey sheet with our giveaways.
  • There will be lucky draw which will be given SAMSUNG TAB
  • For any questions about this event, feel free to send email to
Time Topic Speaker
08:30-09:15 Registration
09:15-09:30 Welcome Speech FTD
9:30-10:15 Dealing with the complex world – How tools can help you? ARM-UK
10:15-10:45 Break and Networking
10:45-11:30 DS-5 and KEIL Tools Update ARM-UK
11:30-12.00 DS-5 and DSTREAM Demo FTD-AE
12:00-12.45 P.M LUNCH
12:45 – 01:30 mbed – IoT initiative ARM-UK
01:30 – 02:10 “IoT Technical Challenges: how to overcome them” ST MICRO
02:10 – 02:40 CMSIS- standard for Cortex M processors FTD-FAE
02:40 – 03:00 Break and Networking ARM -UK
03:00 – 3:30 Keil Professional Demo FTD -AE
3.30 – 4.00 Linaro-Work being done in collaboration with Linaro ARM -UK
4.00 – 4.15 P.M. Q&A and Lucky DRAW – SAMSUNG TAB