Silex, A. M. Fitzgerald launch sensor design platform
As a result customers can provide a set of pressure sensor specifications to A. M. Fitzgerald (Burlingame, Calif.) who can produce the MEMS device quickly using Silex (Jarfalla, Sweden) as its foundry. The work was done under partnership the two companies call RocketMEMS that had an original goal of reducing MEMS development time by between six and 12 months.
The SmartBlock approach standardizes and characterizes MEMS process steps at the module level to allow Silex to define new flows for MEMS designs, while decreasing process risk. A. M. Fitzgerald now has family of working pressure sensors in its lab produced under the RocketMEMS project.
A pressure sensor evaluation kit, available from A. M. Fitzgerlad, includes a packaged sensor that plugs into a circuit board having both analog and I2C output, software, and a USB interface. The kit also includes a sensor specification sheet and guidance on which specs may be customized.
The RocketMEMS model can be extended to other types of MEMS sensors and to a range of markets such as industrial, aerospace, and medical, Silex said. Customers will submit their sensor specifications to A. M. Fitzgerald who will tailor designs and then release this design to Silex as either a standalone mask set or as part of a multi-project wafer run.
"The SmartBlock approach has always been central to Silex’s engagement process with our innovative MEMS customers and the RocketMEMS program represents a way to take that further," said Peter Himes, vice president of marketing at Silex Microsystems, in a statement.
"When you design for qualified, characterized process modules and you know exactly what the foundry is capable of producing, you get great results on the first run," said Alissa Fitzgerald, founder and managing member of A. M. Fitzgerald Associates, in the same statement.
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