STMicroelectronics' Benedetto Vigna is Keynote for iNEMI's MEMS Workshop

Leaders from electronics industry and the research community will tackle the challenges of developing and adopting MEMS technologies

HERNDON, Virginia — September 7, 2011 — Benedetto Vigna, corporate vice president and general manager of STMicroelectronics’ Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, will be the keynote speaker at the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s (iNEMI’s) MEMS Workshop next week (September 15-16) in Brighton, England.  The workshop, supported by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will focus on needs and opportunities within the MEMS industry.

Additional speakers include:

BOSCH: Dr. Ralf Reichenbach
COVENTOR: Gerold Schropfer
IMEC: Dr. Jeroen De Coster
iNEMI: Dr. Robert C. Pfahl
LETI: Jean-Philippe Polizzi
TRONICS GROUP: Dr. Stéphane Renard

The workshop, which is open to industry, will discuss the challenges of developing and adopting MEMS technologies plus set priorities and direction for future industry-led collaborative programs.

“As a rapidly growing technology area, there are many infrastructure-related issues facing the MEMS industry,” said Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI.  “There are certain challenges that all companies must address as the industry expands, and many of these could be more effectively addressed collaboratively within the supply chain rather than each company developing its own stand-alone solutions.  Through this workshop, we hope to identify the major technology areas where the electronics industry has the greatest potential impact on improving the reliability, testability, performance and cost of MEMS–based solutions.”

Registration is US$350.  MIG members receive a discount of US$100 off the registration cost, and iNEMI members are free. For additional information, and to register, go to

About iNEMI
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future.  This industry-led consortium is made up of approximately 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities.  iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies.  The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives.  iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan.  For additional information about iNEMI, go to

For further information:
Cynthia Williams
+1 207-871-1260