Stefan Finkbeiner, Bosch

Outline: MEMS, tiny micro-electro-mechanical systems that function as miniature machines, are showing up in all facets of our daily lives — Established in Automotive applications since almost 30 years, they can be found today predominantly in smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops, video games! Your favorite consumer product likely contains more than a half-dozen MEMS. From accelerometers and gyroscopes that ‘interpret’ motion into the digital realm, to magnetic compasses, pressure sensors and MEMS microphones, MEMS sensors have dramatically improved the user experience with electronic devices.

Some of the addressed aspects:
- Current MEMS sensor context in smartphones & automotive.
- Evolution of use cases – introduction of new sensor types and addressing of new applications.
- The concept of Application Specific Sensor Nodes (ASSN’s).
- How will the IoT emerging market impact or will be impacted by sensor node developments.

About Bosch Sensortec
Bosch Sensortec is a fully owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH focusing specifically on consumer electronics applications for MEMS sensors. The product portfolio includes triaxial geomagnetic and acceleration sensors, triaxial gyroscopes, barometric pressure sensors, multi sensor packages and a comprehensive software portfolio for various applications and operating systems. While Bosch is leading the MEMS sensor market globally, Bosch Sensortec achieved a leading position in consumer electronic market within a very short period of time. Technology leadership and customer focus are the main ingredients for this outstanding success story.

About Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner
CEO and General Manager of Bosch Sensortec GmbH
Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner was born in 1966 in Freudenstadt, Germany. He received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Karlsruhe in 1992. He then studied at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart and received his PhD in Physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1995.
Dr. Finkbeiner joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 1995 and has been working for more than 17 years in different positions related to the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of sensors. Senior positions at Bosch have included Director of Marketing for sensors, Director of Corporate Research in microsystems technology, and Vice President of Engineering for sensors.
Before joining Bosch Sensortec GmbH end of 2012 as CEO and General Manager he was the CEO of Akustica, a Bosch Group company which develops MEMS microphones for consumer electronics applications and is located in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.