This paper deals with CAD, testing and manufacting of
microsystems (microelectromechanical systems). Both existing
tools and research areas are addressed. All through the paper.
similarities between the present development of microsystems and
the development of microelectronics decades ago are pointed out:
the migration from point tools to CAD frameworks, testing,
prototyping facilities, foundries/fabless business, intellectual
property issues. Specific aspects such as thermal issues and
testing are also addressed.