High Performance MEMS Inertial Sensors – A Tutorial Overview


Speaker: Derek K. Shaeffer, InvenSense, Inc.


Time: January 29th (Thursday) evening 6.30 pm-8.00pm.


Over the past few years, MEMS-based inertial sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers have proliferated into a wide variety of consumer products. Today, these sensors are found as standard components in smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, remote controls, toys and digital still cameras. Emerging applications include wearables, health and fitness monitoring and the ‘Internet of Things’. This talk will provide a tutorial overview highlighting some of the important design challenges to be faced when realizing high performance MEMS sensors.


Derek K. Shaeffer received the BSEE degree from the University of Southern California in 1993, the MSEE degree from Stanford University in 1995 and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1999, for which he did early work in the field of RF CMOS, demonstrating the world’s first CMOS GPS receiver. His 1997 paper on CMOS low-noise amplifiers is one of the most frequently cited papers in the history of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits with over 1500 citations to-date. He is the author or co-author of twenty-two issued patents and several pending patents, twenty-two papers, multiple tutorials and a book on CMOS RF design. He has worked professionally in the fields of test instrumentation, semiconductor memory, optical communications, wireless communications and MEMS inertial sensors. Dr. Shaeffer has also served as Guest and Associate Editors of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. For the past several years, he has been Sr. Director, IC Development with InvenSense, Inc.

A link to the slides and/or video will be posted here in April


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