Pioneering new markets in MEMS actuators a new breed of micro-valves is aiming to microminiaturize control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Look for MEMS actuators to tackle both new applications like microfluidic labs-on-a-chip as well as pioneer their use in existing applications like automatic car transmissions over the next five years. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog
Freescale Technology Forum demonstration features Microstaq MEMS valve controlling a conventional HVAC system.
Here is what EETimes says about micro-valves: MEMS startup Microstaq Inc. is pioneering promising new markets, using its micro-valve as a pilot to control the large flows necessary to tackle the lucrative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) markets—valued at over $60 billion worldwide by market research firm The Freedonia Group—with MEMS-control of automotive transmissions on the horizon...MEMS microfluidic devices, such as the micro-pumps being designed by Debiotech S.A. (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the micro-valves being hawked by MultusMEMS AB (Uppsala, Sweden) can control micro-liters of fluid- and gas-flows, making them suitable for emerging applications such as medical labs-on-a-chip. Microstaq (Austin, Texas), on the other hand, uses its MEMS micro-valve technology to control conventional flow applications including HVAC and automatic transmissions on cars...
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