Micralyne, one of
the world's largest independent developers and manufacturers of Micro-Electro-Mechanical
Systems (MEMS) and microfluidic products, today announced it will be giving
Alberta's nanotechnology industry a "step up" by the end of
August with the installation of a unique precision tool in its Edmonton facility.
The state-of-the-art tool, called a stepper, improves both capability and productivity
by creating extremely fine features on microsystems products, to enable the
development of faster, better, and more efficient life-changing new products.
The purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance of the stepper will
be managed through a cost-sharing partnership with the University of Alberta.
This innovative arrangement enables Micralyne and the University to each acquire
capability for a much lower cost than if the organizations acted independently.
Additionally, the University of Alberta and Micralyne are working together to
build a stronger nanotech industry in Canada by providing access to a key piece
of equipment to researchers and industries looking for faster, smaller, more
Chris Lumb, CEO of Micralyne, said, "A stepper is a critical piece of
equipment for high-volume, high-precision manufacturing of micro- and nano-systems
products and will allow us to better serve our customers. Further, by partnering
with the University, we strengthen linkages between the research and commercial
communities, enable cost-competitive access to microfabrication capability for
both Micralyne and the University, and strengthen Alberta's position as
one of the world's leading nanotech regions."
Last year, Micralyne was identified as the world's largest independent
MEMS foundry. "We're thrilled to be involved in such an exciting
industry," continued Lumb. "This partnership will enable us to continue
our growth and industry leadership."
Formally called the ASML PAS 5500/60, the stepper improves the level of lithography
control and geometries Micralyne's high-tech customers require. "The
addition of this tool to our facility is another piece of our technology jigsaw
puzzle falling into place," said Yan Loke, Micralyne's VP of Engineering.
"The stepper enables us to be more responsive and provide our clients with
a much better quality product - faster."