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A Toast to Jedi Engineers at MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress

For the fourth consecutive year, Rogue Valley Microdevices (RVM) has sponsored the Technology Showcase at MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC), the annual U.S. business conference for MEMS and sensors suppliers that’s hosted by MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI Strategic Association Partner.

As a competition that allows a select group of companies to demo new and compelling MEMS/sensors-enabled platforms for MSEC attendees, the Tech Showcase is always a crowd favorite, particularly since attendees get to vote for the winner. It’s also known for RVM’s Star Wars-themed creative promotions, which get the audience on its feet, literally. That’s because RVM places certificates under the chairs of attendees, some of whom will go home with a special gift from RVM.

Enthusiasm for this year’s RVM promotion ran high as Founder & CEO Jessica Gomez kicked off the Tech Showcase demos by inviting certificate winners to meet her at that evening’s dinner for a drink from custom RVM whiskey tumblers. Engraved with the famous mantra of Jedi engineers everywhere — who’ve run into trouble during their MEMS manufacturing process — the glasses offer a consoling message, When Jedi Break Wafer, Drink You Must.

But the Tech Showcase is about much more than the RVM promotion. Six finalists, who were selected by a committee of industry experts, presented during the main conference session and followed up with tabletop demos to personalize the demo experience for attendees. Notably, one of the finalists in the competition is a partner of RVM: Cardea.

Cardea Co-founder and Chief Production Officer Ross Bundy showed attendees the Genome Sensor™, the World’s First DNA Search Engine, which can detect genetic mutations of interest using graphene biosensors and CRISPR-Cas9.

While Cardea got their share of the votes, the ultimate winner, Cartesiam, won the top honors for its NanoEdge AI, software that brings AI to the edge of the signal chain.

“I’m thrilled to have played a part in sponsoring the Tech Showcase at MSEC,” said Jessica Gomez. “And I’m proud that Cardea got to demonstrate the amazing work that they are doing to deliver the first biology-gated transistors to integrate biology and computers directly with MEMS. They exemplify that driving creative spirit, which when paired with exceptional technical acumen and domain expertise, will improve the quality of life for people everywhere.”

A few of the “Jedi engineers” toasting with Jessica at the 2019 MSEC event dinner

For more information on MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, of which RVM is a proud member, visit: https://www.semi.org/en/MSIG