Consortium to play key role in developing next-generation MEMS manufacturing processes
Newport, United Kingdom, and Singapore, 21 June, 2012—SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced it has become a member of the MEMS Consortium, led by the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. IME is one of Asia’s leading organizations focusing on microelectronics research and development.
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are one of the fastest growing technology markets and enable motion sensors, microphones, oscillators and other life-enhancing devices. IME established the consortium to spearhead research and development of these cutting-edge MEMS technologies together with the support and participation of key manufacturing companies in the supply-chain. The three focused product areas for the consortium’s work are oscillators for mobile phone timing circuits, magnetometers for compassing functions in mobile phones and energy harvesters; devices that capture energy such as wearable components to convert self-generated kinetic energy into a power resource.
“As the leading R&D centre for MEMS, our goal is to provide significant enhancements to the MEMS ecosystem to boost MEMS manufacturing within Singapore and in the region,” said Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME. “The MEMS consortium provides a platform for researchers and key players spanning the value chain to form a strategic alliance, share knowledge and develop innovations to tap into new opportunities in the global MEMS market.”
"SPTS Technologies is one of the original members of the MEMS manufacturing community, and we are proud to be a part of the MEMS Consortium,” said Kevin T. Crofton, executive vice president and chief operating officer, SPTS Technologies. “As process and equipment experts in the fabrication and packaging of MEMS devices, we look forward to contributing to the consortium’s success."
About SPTS Technologies
SPTS Technologies (a Bridgepoint portfolio company) designs, manufactures, sells, and supports etch, PVD, CVD and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced packaging, LEDs, high speed RF on GaAs, and power management device markets. With manufacturing facilities in Newport, Wales, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California, the company operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. For more information about SPTS Technologies, please visit www.spts.com