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austriamicrosystems finalizes investment in New Scale Technologies

Posted: 22 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Analog IC vendor austriamicrosystems has completed equity investment in micromotor manufacturer New Scale Technologies Inc. austriamicrosystems has made a $6 million investment in exchange for a 25 percent minority share in the privately-held New Scale.

The investment underscores a strategic partnership, which will integrate austriamicrosystems' analog ICs with New Scale's patented piezoelectric squiggle motors to create small motion systems. The partners are already working on the integration of New Scale's tiny squiggle motors with custom motor controller and position sensor ICs from austriamicrosystems. By reducing the supporting control electronics to single ICs, the partnership allows New Scale to create complete motion systems on the same scale as its miniature motors, currently less than 2 x 2 x 6mm in size.

"This partnership enables us to produce a new line of disruptively small motion systems with best-in-class precision and power efficiency," said David Henderson, CEO and chief technology officer of New Scale.

As part of their strategic partnership, austriamicrosystems and New Scale are actively pursuing opportunities in auto focus and optical zoom modules for mobile phone cameras, actuators for electronic locks, microfluidic pumps for medical devices, and active control systems for automotive components.

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