MIP Generic MEMS Variant

The MIP generic MEMS variant bridges the gap between algorithmic/architectural exploration and stimulus, and measurement of MEMS sensors and actuators. It presents a modular, desktop environment for MEMS and electronics device integration and validation in a system context.

The MIP generic MEMS variant has a PXIe-based control system, which includes a system-level design environment, data acquisition, FPGA-based imaging system, FPGA based signal/control processing and signal conditioning, as well as MEMS sensor and actuator interfaces for MEMS micro-device characterization and measurement.

Text description of system controller ports and PXIe expansion card slots pointing to their location on a photo of NI PXI-express chassis.

What’s Included

PXI-express base, which includes:
  • System controller
  • PXIe expansion card slots, including high-end FPGA-based DAQ, high-resolution digitizer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital multimeter, and high-accuracy power measurement unit
  • Program environment: LabVIEW, C/C++
  • High-voltage amplifier and various of high-voltage fixtures, as well as interface boards and test chips
  • FPGA-based imaging system including color camera, microscopic lens system, motorized zoom, illuminator, FPGA video adapter, microscope stand, camera cables, FPGA camera interface software, FPGA image processing library, zoom and lighting interface device, and zoom and lighting control software.


  • Accelerates research by providing a feature-rich platform for integration and validating of MEMS-based microsystems.
  • Addresses specific research needs through a graphics-based programmable environment and MEMS sensor and actuator interfaces boards.
  • Enables a faster path to commercialization by sourcing commercial-grade components and through compliance with commercial standards and interfaces (e.g., PXI and PXIe).


Suitable research fields for this variant include real-time feedback loop control (analog or video-based) of MEMS devices such as accelerometers. A research example is shown below:

Flow diagram of fixtured acceleroometer and capacitive sensor board, PGS-based intelligent DAQ, NI PXI chassis;Embedded Controller and User Control (LabView)

Research Example of MIP Generic MEMS Variant

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