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User interface for the virtual reality prototyping of micro-electro-mechanical systems software design tools
Author(s): Owen T. Bourne; Renate Sitte
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the design of a Graphical User Interface for a MEMS CAD tool that addresses the weaknesses of some existing CAD tools for MEMS design. MEMS design is a complex process where many disciplines, processes, materials and structures come together. Consequently, the MEMS CAD tools available are sophisticated and complex tools. The complexity of these tools often exceeds the effectiveness, resulting in unwieldy user interface designs. This in turn impacts the usability of these software packages. We have developed the Task-oriented User Interface Design architecture to address complex system design issues that are inherent in MEMS CAD tools. With this architecture we are able to reduce visual clutter on the screen without loss of functionality, at the same time allowing quick switching between tasks. The architecture is extensible, making it easy to add more MEMS design facilities to the CAD tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4591, Electronics and Structures for MEMS II, (21 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449142
Show Author Affiliations
Owen T. Bourne, Griffith Univ. (Australia)
Renate Sitte, Griffith Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4591:
Electronics and Structures for MEMS II
Neil W. Bergmann; Derek Abbott; Alex Hariz; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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