MEMS/SMT Hybrid PCBs Take Design/Assembly Detour
The main thrust of microelectronics, since their inception, has been continual miniaturization to make chips, PCBs, and systems smaller, faster, increasingly functional, and more reliable. Subsequently, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) came into the electronics industry limelight with significant benefits. Today, hybrid MEMS/surface mount technology (SMT) subsystems on PCBs are making greater inroads into OEM markets.When you put these two technologies together, it’s important to first know the difference between them. In simple terms, conventional integrated circuits (ICs) as we’ve known them over the last few decades are SMT devices generating and conducting electronic signals without the need for moving mechanical parts.