MEMS Design Contest

Design Tools

  • Cadence tools for designing, implementing, and simulating MEMS and mixed-signal designs will be needed by all contestants.   If they are not available at the contestant's site, they can be purchased through Cadence's regular distribution channels or by contacting Cadence directly.  Dependent on the region and the legal status of the contest participant, the tools may be available through a third party such as Europractice in the EMEA region
  • Coventor will provide MEMS design software, at no charge, to contestants with an accepted proposal
  • After signing an NDA, the participants will gain access to the required PDKs and IP of X-FAB
  • All sponsors have the right to decline distribution of tools and PDKs at their sole discretion.

Training and Workshops

In order to familiarize design groups with MEMS/mixed-signal co-design, several training courses and workshops will be provided by the organizers:

  • Cadence will provide free Internet Learning Series (iLS) training about the basic tool features. These courses are available to the participants online and can be started at any time.   Click here to obtain a list of applicable training courses offered by Cadence.    CADENCE TRAINING COURSES
  • Coventor will provide reference training material in an online format and will propose online design reviews during the design phase, as well as a design review meeting.

Since the contest is worldwide, all workshops and seminars will be provided as webinars and video recordings. There will be offline workshops and meetings, but the content will become available online soon after the workshops.

  • The dates for the workshops will be announced later in the year
  • There will be regular monthly worldwide calls, where participants can ask questions of the experts from the sponsor companies

Rapid Adoption Kits (RAKs) recommended to the MEMS Design Contest participants:

Front-end Environment:

Mixed-signal Verification:

Methodology in Simulation:

Physical Implementation:

Physical Verification and Sign-off:






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Related Information

  • MEMS Design Contest Overview

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  • MEMS design flow using X-FAB XMB10 process and MEMS+ PDK with Cadence/Coventor software tools

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  • Academic MEMS Goes Fabless: The Masdar Institute Perspective


  • MEMS-ASIC Co-Design Flow



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