MEMS industry creates engine for high-tech development

14:12 | 02/11/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) industry is being given investment and development priority as it plays an important role in promoting industrialization and transforming the country’s economic growth model.

mems industry creates engine for high tech development

Promoting commercialization

A forum on MEMS and sensor systems, themed “MEMS/Internet of Things (IoT) for a safe and friendly city” was held last month in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jointly hosted by the Research Laboratories of Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP Labs), the Center for Innovative Materials and Architectures at the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, and the Japanese Society for Precision Engineering, the event was part of the MEMS Forum 2018.

At the event, engineers and scientists working in the MEMS field in Vietnam, as well as others from Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, and Australia shared experiences in developing and applying MEMS technology, discussing measures to enhance scientific cooperation and trade links.

Associate Professor Le Hoai Quoc, head of the Management Board of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Ho Chi Minh City, said the MEMS industry had contributed significantly to production of sensors that create a platform for smart products. MEMS and Internet of Things (IoT) have also contributed to building smart cities in the fourth industrial revolution.

Over the years, much research has been conducted in the MEMS industry and some of the developments have been commercialized. For example, MEMS equipment underneath bridges for vibration measurement and safety warnings has been marketed by the SHTP Labs.

Ngo Vo Tri Thanh, director of the SHTP Labs, said that based on technology transfers, the center has conducted research, upgraded made-in-Vietnam products, and put them on the market.

K. Nakamura from the Saigon Hi-Tech Park said MEMS products should focus on the development of smart cities to help contend with many problems such as flood forecasting, traffic monitoring, and energy saving in public lighting.

Facilitating investment

In order to promote high-tech development, Ho Chi Minh City has signed cooperation agreements with the Ministry of Science and Technology, and high-tech companies such as Viettel, VNPT and international organizations. It has also established the Semiconductor Technology Association, strengthened training of high-quality human resources in the MEMS industry, promoted cooperation in research and technology transfer, attracted domestic and foreign investment, and intensified commercialization of domestically produced MEMS products.

Associate Professor Huynh Thanh Dat, director of the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, said many high-tech businesses have paid attention to investment in the MEMS industry.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said MEMS, sensor and integrated circuit production will receive loans of up to VND200 billion each, reflecting the city’s commitment to create favorable conditions for the MEMS industry.

The MEMS industry plays an increasingly important role in the economy, particularly in the automotive industry,

aerospace, biology and health.

Ngoc Thao