Print  |  Send  |   

GlobalFoundries to make big MEMS push

September 02, 2010 // Mark LaPedus

GlobalFoundries to make big MEMS push

Following in the footsteps of TSMC, UMC and others, GlobalFoundries Inc. is making a big push in the MEMS foundry business. GlobalFoundries' MEMS roots can be traced backed to Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte., a foundry vendor that was acquired by Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC) last year. ATIC and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are the investors in GlobalFoundries.


In 1997, Chartered demonstrated a MEMS capability by moving into production with an inkjet head line. Last year, Chartered joined a MEMS consortium in Singapore, dubbed the MEMS Consortium @ IME Singapore.  

Now, under the GlobalFoundries umbrella, the foundry company is expanding its efforts in MEMS. ''We want to be the leader in MEMS by 2015,'' said Raj Kumar, senior vice president of the company's 200-mm business unit.

It will target three MEMS markets: accelerometers, gyroscopes and RF. It will reportedly offer a MEMS-on-CMOS process within its 200-mm fabs.

GlobalFoundries will complete its MEMS infrastructure by the end of this year. Risk production is due in 2011.         

Other CMOS foundries, such as TSMC, UMC, X-Fab and others, are offering MEMS foundry services.

All news

Analog & Mixed Signal ICs

Follow us

Fast, Accurate & Relevant for Design Engineers only!

Technical papers     

Filter Wizard     

Check out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.

Linear video channel

READER OFFER

Read more

This month, Trinamic Motion Control is offering you to win one of four TMCM-1043 development kits for its highly integrated, NEMA 17-compatible TMCM-1043 stepDancer stepper motor module.

Offering designers an easy-to-use PC-based GUI that allows one-click modification of motor drive current, micro-stepping and other key parameters, the intuitive kits are custom designed and developed for...

MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...

Design centers     

Automotive
Infotainment Making HDTV in the car reliable and secure

December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974

Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.

 

You must be logged in to view this page

Login here :