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MEMS to gain 45 percent in unit volumes

Posted: 18 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microelectromechanical systems? mems? surface technology systems? sts?

The market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) will see about 45 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in unit volumes in the next two years, according to Ian Smith, CEO of Surface Technology Systems (STS).

The evolution of MEMS has arguably been slow in recent times largely due to the industry's inability to commercialize it because higher device cost cannot compete with existing technologies. However, MEMS has gained significant traction in the past 18 months because an increased number of foundries are offering low volume production. Additionally, new technologies such as STS ASE HRM source for deep silicon etching demonstrate 3.5 times faster etch rates. Both approaches significantly reduce cost per die, enabling the commercialization of new technologies.

Smith said that new STS proprietary technology inherent within its Advanced Silicon Etch-based (ASE) family of products has enabled the company to capitalize on MEMS market opportunities by offering a suite of solutions that achieve very high performance across multiple parameters that in turn make a volume production solution at affordable costs. While the performance of such technology has been demonstrated in the past, the ability to implement technology in a volume environment has been the showstopper. "Now the economics match the technology benefits, and affordability is no longer a problem," he said.

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