Tronics offers to license MEMS processes to foundries

March 02, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
MEMS foundry Tronics Microsystems AS (Grenoble, France) wants to expand its business model by offering MEMS manufacturing processes to higher volume foundry manufacturers.

Tronics said it is prepared to license its Magelan and M&NEMS processes. The company already manufactures low volume high-specification MEMS under its own name as well as providing foundry services to fabless MEMS companies.

The M&NEMS technology in particular offers the ability to integrate multiple sensor types on a single-die.

The Magelan process is a capacitive technology for six-axis monolithic chips, designed for miniaturized high performance accelerometers and gyroscopes. The M&NEMS technology platform, developed in collaboration with CEA-Leti, includes a piezoresistive nanowire technology combining up to ten axis sensing – accelerometers, gyros, magnetometers, pressure sensors and microphones. The inertial six-axis chip comes on a die measuring 4 square millimeters. This is the smallest combo sensor in the industry, Tronics claimed.

The company was created in 1997 a spin-off from the French government owned CEA-Leti research laboratories to commercialize MEMS manufacturing technologies developed there.

Tronics has already secured customers in Asia for its technologies but is not targeting high volume foundries with a view to enabling fast deployment for wearable devices, smartphones and tablet computers.

"The need for inertial solutions is omnipresent: our new licensing model offers industry players their only opportunity to reach an integration level of 3, 6, 7, 9 and up to 10 axis with state of the art technologies and products. With more than 15 years of experience, Tronics is well-positioned to address high volume markets in key applications,:" said Pascal Langlois, CEO of Tronics, in a statement. "We are ready to partner with both existing and new players to meet the challenges of cost and power savings, performance and integration."

Possible licensees include TSMC, UMC, Globalfoundries and SMIC who are all offering some level of MEMS manufacturing.

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