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Freescale opens new 200mm MEMS facility

Posted: 17 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS production line? 200mm facility? sensor market?

Freescale Semiconductor has built an advanced MEMS 200mm production line to address growing sensors market demand at its Oak Hill Fab in Austin, Texas. The newly facility complements the company's existing 150mm MEMS capacity in Sendai, Japan.

High-volume MEMS manufacturing expertise remains critical as the MEMS sensor market continues to grow. The 200mm capacity will allow Freescale to explore and integrate new MEMS capabilities and address major competitive challenges, such as power consumption, cost effectiveness and form factors.

"As customers continue to demand low-cost, robust and highly functional sensors in smaller form factors, Freescale's additional 200mm MEMS manufacturing line will certainly help to satisfy the upsurge of application opportunities in the price-sensitive automotive, industrial, medical and consumer markets," said Demetre Kondylis, VP and general manager of Freescale's sensor and actuator solutions division.

MEMS technology is revolutionizing the semiconductor industry by exploiting both the unique electrical and outstanding mechanical properties of silicon. First proliferating in airbags, engine management and blood pressure monitoring, MEMS-based sensors now have spread to cellular, gaming, medical, appliance, computation, stability control, tire pressure monitoring systems and numerous other applications. The enormous variety of applications demonstrates that MEMS-based sensors are a versatile interface to the physical world, and are helping to make electronics products safer and more energy efficient and enabling innovative new services.

"Consumer applications have really started to push the MEMS business in areas such as pressure sensors and accelerometers," said Jean-Christophe Eloy of Yole Developpement. "The global MEMS industry reached almost $6 billion in 2006 and is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent. By 2010, we're predicting the MEMS market will be $ 9.7 billion."




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