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.



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

1st Prize:

Manufacture of the winning solution at X-FAB using the X-FAB MPW service, a tour of X-FAB, a six-month license of Coventor’s MEMS+ MEMS design solution, and accommodation costs for CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich for three members of the winning team

2nd Prize:

A tour of X-FAB, and accommodation costs for CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich for three members of the winning team

3rd Prize:

Accommodation costs for CDNLive EMEA 2018 in Munich for three members of the winning team

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Design Requirements

  • The solution should contain two designs:

    • Mixed-signal MEMS-driver and read-out logic ASIC in X-FAB XH035 or XH018 technology

    • MEMS device in X-FAB XMB10 or XMS10 technology

  • Teams may implement both designs, or use an available MEMS device from X-FAB

  • Two teams (one for MEMS, one for logic) can apply for one solution

    • Create a proposal, implement schematic, simulate environment and layout of the solution, co-simulate both designs to show their functionality, and present the simulation waveforms and the layout

  • Template for the presentation of the results will be provided

Application Procedure

  1. After registration, design groups will receive an NDA from X-FAB, which they should sign in order to get access to the PDK and process documentation

  2. After signing the NDA, design groups will be able to access a secure website with the PDK info

  3. At CDNLive EMEA 2016, a workshop will be held for registered/NDA design groups, where X-FAB will provide detailed info about the PDK

  4. Teams will submit a four-page proposal, describing what they want to implement

  5. Organizers will review the ideas for their feasibility and scope, and check if they can provide tools and PDK to the organizations behind the design groups

  6. Design groups who pass the proposal stage will get invited to the contest, and will receive tools and PDKs through regular distribution channels so they can start designing

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


May 3, 2016 - CDNLive EMEA 2016
Open presentation of MEMS Design Contest
May 4, 2016 - CDNLive EMEA 2016


  • Process Offering (X-FAB)
  • Design Flow (Cadence & Coventor)

*Registration and NDA required*

December 31, 2016

End of application period and submission of proposals

January 1 - February 28, 2017

Review of proposals

March 1, 2017

  • Acceptance notification
  • PDK and Software delivery
  • Design phase start

December 31, 2017

Design submission deadline

February 28, 2017

Announcement of Finalists

CDNLive EMEA 2018

Award Ceremony

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Related Information

  • MEMS Design Contest Overview

Video | Presentation

  • PDK Based Design Automation Enablement for MEMS and CMOS Processses

Video | Presentation

  • Coventor tools for modeling and simulation of MEMS

Video | Presentation

  • Academic MEMS Goes Fabless: The Masdar Institute Perspective


  • MEMS-ASIC Co-Design Flow


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