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MEMS (Micro-Electromechanical Systems)
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A MEMS is a semiconductor device with embedded mechanical components. For example, optical switches are created with MEMs that contain numerous tiny moving mirrors that reflect light along different paths. By applying a specific voltage, the mirrors can be precisely rotated and held in place to direct any input to any output. Switches may typically have thousands of inputs, outputs, and switching mirrors. MEMS may also contain sensors, or tiny valves or gears.
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