SVTC Technologies, the leading commercialization service provider for new
emerging silicon-based technologies in areas such as CMOS, MEMS, photovoltaics
and other related nanotechnologies, and Applied Microstructures, Inc. (AMST),
the leading provider of MEMS anti-stiction coatings to the MEMS industry, today
announced that they have entered into a partnership to collaborate on MEMS anti-stiction
AMST intends to provide SVTC with access to its MEMS anti-stiction coatings
and process services for the ultimate benefit of SVTC's customers.
"As our customers increasingly demand more capability from their MEMS
production partners, the need for adding new technical capabilities is more
important than ever," said Wilbur Catabay, Vice President Technology and
Engineering, SVTC Technologies. "Partnering with AMST allows us to offer our
customers the advantages of anti-stiction coating technologies which improve
their products' performance."
The performance of many MEMS devices suffer from a physical phenomenon called
stiction, a significant challenge in the area of MEMS packaging. Stiction is the
fundamental property that causes small movable devices to stick to each other
when placed in close proximity. Many devices that work properly at the wafer
level cannot be effectively packaged for use in real applications or may suffer
very low yield in production manufacturing. Anti-stiction thin film coatings
provide an elegant and practical solution to this challenging engineering and
"As a leader in technology services, SVTC needs access to the industry's most
advanced technologies along with the ability to rapidly bring them to market,"
said Ken Aitchison, CEO and President, Applied Microstructures. "We are very
excited to partner with a world-class organization like SVTC."