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MEMS switch startup looks to build own wafer fab

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By Peter Clarke


Menlo Microsystems Inc. (Irvine, Calif.), a startup developing MEMS RF and power switch components, plans to use a $150 million funding round to expand US manufacturing and its product portfolio.

Vertical Venture Partners and Tony Fadell’s Future Shape led the round, which brings the startup’s total cumulative funding to over $225 million. New investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, DBL Partners and Adage Capital Management joined with existing investors, Standard Investments, Paladin Capital Group, Piva Capital, and PeopleFund.

Menlo Micro is a spin-off from General Electric and describes its miniature switches as ideal as the provide superior isolation to solid-state switches and operate from milliwatts to kilowatts.

The company has used foundry manufacturing in the past but said it is exploring semiconductor manufacturing locations in California, New York, Texas, and Florida.

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www.menlomicro.com

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