Micrel has declared that it has started microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) production at its foundry and wafer operations located in San Jose, California.
Micrel has begun MEMS production with a leading MEMS producer, accounting for a major share of the current foundry capacity and is formulating MEMS manufacturing methods for various start-up companies.
To support the MEMS production operations, Micrel has invested huge amount as capital, purchased an advanced DRIE etch machine and set off three-dimensional front-to-back positioning capability. The system etches huge cavities, through silicon vias and deep trenches needed for sophisticated MEMS products.
The Wafer Fab Division of Micrel provides foundry services to military and commercial integrated circuit designers and producers demanding a specific solution as per the requirement of their applications and technologies. The foundry also offers versatile wafer production and processing resources to handle specific needs for mass production and short runs.
Advanced mechanical devices, MEMS can be used in the production of vibration, chemical, temperature and pressure sensors, switches, light reflectors and accelerometers for games, pacemakers, vehicle controls and airbags. The innovative technology is also employed in all types of optical switches reflecting light beams, micro actuators for write and read heads, and inkjet print heads.
Micrel’s Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Foundry Business Unit, Guy Gandenberger stated that the company is happy about its foundry’s MEMS production capability.