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Chinese firm builds MEMS wafer fab

Posted: 08 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? wafer processing? MEMS foundry?

MUMPS is a program that was originally developed at the University of California Berkeley in the 1980s before moving to Microelectronics Corporation of North Carolina (MCNC) and brought up as a means of providing academics with access to MEMS prototyping. The service was transferred to Cronos Integrated Microsystems Inc. including a wafer fab in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which was then acquired by Memscap in 2003. Memscap uses the facility to provide customers with access to MEMS prototyping and then transition to volume manufacturing.

Sparks said that a lot of small companies in China could be interested in MEMS if they could access such a low-cost access system. Hanking also has offices in Cleveland, Ohio. "We've started doing some designs there to get things off the ground," said Sparks.

Sparks added that Hanking Electronics is also looking to re-label and some electronic products in China in the area of wireless sensor networks as a means of building up its sales and marketing infrastructure.

Hanking is not the first company to build a MEMS fab in China. Memsic Inc., a 1999 spin-off from Analog Devices Inc. constructed a back-end fab in Wuxi that worked with processed CMOS wafers from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Before taking up his current position with Hanking Electronics in October 2011, Sparks had worked with MEMS company Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. for ten years and prior to that had worked on automotive MEMS for 17 years at Delco which became Delphi.

It was while Sparks was at Delphi that he hired a Chinese MSc. graduate from Case Western Reserve University, Lucy Huang, who subsequently landed the top job at Hanking Electronics.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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