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Globalfoundries partners up with timing product specialist

Posted: 04 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micro-electromechanical systems? TSVs? Polysilicon? wafer level packaging?

Sand 9, Inc. has recently announced a partnership agreement with Globalfoundries to support high-volume manufacturing for Sand 9 products.

Timing devices have been crucial to electronic applications. In the past, this need was met by quartz crystals. Sand 9's micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) timing devices provide an alternative with performance and quality improvements over legacy quartz crystal solutions. The company claims that its advanced piezoelectric MEMS products can be integrated with semiconductor component devices for applications such as mobile and consumer electronics.

Vince Graziani, CEO of Sand 9, stated that the partnership with Globalfoundries will allow his company to meet the heightened market demand for high volume mobile applications, including handsets, tablets and other consumer electronics. He hopes that his collaboration will ensure a stable, reliable supply chain for all their customers in mobile as well as in wire line communications infrastructure, cellular base station, and test and measurement markets.

"Globalfoundries' partnership with Sand 9 is built on our complementary strength in the design and manufacturing of MEMS devices. For Sand 9, we have established a very cost-effective and novel MEMS process technology platform integrated with polysilicon through silicon vias (TSVs) for wafer level packaging," said Raj Kumar, senior vice president for 200mm Business Unit & Fab 7, general manager, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore. "Sand 9 can leverage our strong foundation in MEMS manufacturing to realise fast and reliable ramp to production to meet the market demand for MEMS devices in consumer applications."

Technical Differentiators
Sand 9's timing products are the first MEMS devices that use piezoelectric actuation to achieve the stringent phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications. Their spurious-free resonator design, in conjunction with a low phase-noise oscillator, enables a low-jitter product, which can reduce packet loss and enhance network efficiency in communications applications. The capability for integrationcombined with high immunity to noise, shock and lead-free reflow temperaturesaddress quartz crystal weaknesses that system designers have been forced to work around for decades.

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