December 26, 2007 -- Coventor Inc.'s 3D MEMS Designer and Analyzer software has been selected by Hong Kong University and Kyoto University as the platform for a MEMS design contest.
The contest is part of an educational program developed by Osamu Tabata, professor at Kyoto University and Man Wong, professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The course provides a unique introduction to MEMS and microfabrication by creating a virtual classroom where students design, analyze and test MEMS devices using Coventor's software, which also enables communication between students from Hong Kong and Japan through its documentation and 3D visualization capabilities.
"The software suite provides documentation of all process steps and can quickly and accurately generate 3D visuals of the MEMS designs, helping break the language barrier and enabling the students to communicate between the universities," says Coventor.
Six teams are competing in the MEMS design contest, each comprising one student from Hong Kong University and one student from Kyoto University. At the end of the program, the six teams will meet at Hong Kong University, where the students' best MEMS designs will be fabricated in the university's clean room. The students will be able to conduct additional tests at the facility and assess their design's functionality and performance. Finally, the students and professors will select the best MEMS device based on its performance characteristics.