Vesper, AAC partner to push piezoelectric MEMS microphones

February 22, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Fabless piezoelectric microphone pioneer Vesper Technologies Inc. (Boston, Mass.) and AAC Technologies Inc. (Shenzhen, China) have formed a partnership to help commercialize piezoelectric MEMS microphones for consumer products such as smartphones.

Under the partnership agreement Vesper's first piezoelectric MEMS microphone will be included in AAC Technologies’ product portfolio. The benefit for Vesper is improved access to AAC's extensive customer base, while AAC benefits by broadening its technology offering. Details of how profit on sales will be shared between the two companies was not disclosed.

Vesper, a startup founded in July 2009 under the name Baker-Calling, is a University of Michigan startup bringing piezoelectric MEMS microphones to market. The company brought its first product to market in June 2015  (see Vesper launches piezoelectric MEMS microphone ).

AAC is a provider of acoustic, haptic, RF wireless and optical components into smartphones, PCs and wearable electronics. In 2013 AAC was the second largest supplier of packaged MEMS microphones behind Knowles Electronics (see Top ten MEMS microphone vendors ranked ).

Vesper claims it has developed a superior type of microphone that is inherently waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and particle-resistant and therefore desirable within smartphones and other consumer electronics.

Vesper’s microphones also feature a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and low noise compared with more conventional capacitive MEMS microphones.

"Since the first MEMS microphones were introduced more than ten years ago, the market has exploded into a high-growth global industry exceeding $1 billion annually," said Jack Duan, COO, AAC Technologies, in statement from Vesper.

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