Sand 9, Inc., a pioneer in precision MEMS timing products for wireless and wired applications, today announced that it has selected IBM to produce and help customize the integrated circuit (IC) portion of Sand 9’s micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) timing products.
Targeting a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for timing devices historically satisfied by quartz crystals, Sand 9’s MEMS timing products provide an alternative with significant performance and quality improvements over legacy quartz crystal solutions. Sand 9’s timing products can be integrated into chipsets for applications in which space is at a premium, such as mobile and consumer electronics—another competitive advantage.
“With the addition of IBM Specialty Foundry to the Sand 9 supply chain, we gain many tangible benefits,” said Vince Graziani, CEO, Sand 9. “IBM’s extensive design experience, high-performance process technology, and high-volume capacity are critical to delivering thoroughly vetted products for precision-timing applications. Our relationship with IBM is one more reason why we are able to meet the performance and volume requirements of even the most demanding customers.”
"The low-noise performance of IBM's technology helped Sand 9 meet the demanding specifications of the timing market,” said Regina Darmoni, director, IBM Specialty Foundry. "IBM's comprehensive manufacturing services provide clients with leadership RF and analog technology that can enable them to differentiate their products and speed time to market.”