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MEMSCAP to spread MUMPS service in China

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? multiproject wafer service? MEMS prototyping?

French MEMS manufacturing firm MEMSCAP has teamed up with Hanking Group of China to increase its presence in the country through sales of MUMPS (Multi-User MEMS Processes).

Shenyang-based Hanking Group, a mining and metal processing conglomerate, formed subsidiary company Hanking Electronics Company in 2010 to enter the semiconductor business as a maker of MEMS. Hanking Electronics is constructing a wafer fab for the manufacture of MEMS in Fushun about 40 miles east of Shenyang.

However, that facility is not expected to be operational before 2014. Prior to that Hanking Group will begin offering training and sales support for the MUMPS multiproject wafer service to design engineers in China. Hanking Group will also focus on MUMPS-plus opportunities where designers are allowed to modify the standard MEMS processes offered under the MUMPS scheme.

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 and brought up as a means of providing academics with access to MEMS prototyping. The service was transferred to Cronos Integrated Microsystems including a wafer fab in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which was then acquired by MEMSCAP in 2003.

Since 2003 MEMSCAP as offered three standard MEMS processes namely PolyMUMPs, SOIMUMPs, and MetalMUMPs. MEMSCAP is just about to initiate the hundredth MUMPS run and claims that MUMPs has delivered hundreds of thousands of devices to different user groups from the academic, commercial and government sectors worldwide.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times





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