Microelectromechanical systems have the potential to leverage microelectronics into important additional areas that could be revolutionized by low-cost electronic signal processing, computing, and control. These microsystems could have a profound effect on society but will require synergy among many different disciplines that may be slow in coming. Global leadership and cooperation will be absolutely required if we are to realize the benefits of MEMS in a timely way. This report examines the recent activities in Japan in tackling these problems and contrasts them with U.S. approaches and perceptions. Only by understanding the potential of this emerging field and by working together to overcome its challenges will we ensure the early utilization of MEMS to benefit mankind.
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