By Will Soutter
SPTS Technologies, a provider of cutting-edge wafer processing solutions, has joined the MEMS Consortium headed by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s member, the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) in Singapore.
MEMS is a rapidly expanding technology market and promotes life-improving devices such as oscillators, microphones and sensors. IME concentrates on research and development of microelectronics. IME formed the consortium to accelerate the research and development activities of these advanced MEMS technologies with cooperation and contribution of major manufacturing companies.
The consortium is focused on three product fields, which include oscillators for mobile phone timing circuits; magnetometers to enable compassing functionalities in mobile phones; and energy harvesters that store energy for wearable components in which self-produced kinetic energy is converted into a power source.
IME’s Executive Director, Professor Dim-Lee Kwong stated that as the major research and development organization for MEMS, the institute aims at providing meaningful improvements to the MEMS field to support MEMS production in Singapore and in the region. The MEMS consortium acts as a platform for scientists and major companies to share ideas, create strategic partnerships, and develop advanced products to grab opportunities in the worldwide MEMS market.
SPTS Technologies’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin T. Crofton stated that the company is one of the initial members of the MEMS production community and is happy to become a member of the MEMS Consortium. As a process and equipment specialist in the production and packaging of MEMS devices, the company anticipates working towards the success of the consortium.