June 21, 2012 — Wafer processing equipment supplier SPTS Technologies joined the MEMS Consortium, led by the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.
Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are used in next-generation motion sensors, microphones, oscillators, and other devices. IME established the consortium to spearhead research and development of these cutting-edge MEMS technologies with the support and participation of key manufacturing suppliers. The three focused product areas for the consortium’s work are oscillators for mobile phone timing circuits, magnetometers for compassing functions in mobile phones and energy harvesters; and devices that capture energy such as wearable components to convert self-generated kinetic energy into a power resource.
“Our goal is…to boost MEMS manufacturing within Singapore and in the region,” said Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME. “The MEMS consortium provides a platform for researchers and key players spanning the value chain to form a strategic alliance, share knowledge, and develop innovations to tap into new opportunities in the global MEMS market.” IME announced Phase II of the MEMS Consortium this month.
IME is one of Asia’s leading organizations focusing on microelectronics research and development.
SPTS Technologies (a Bridgepoint portfolio company) designs, manufactures, sells, and supports etch, PVD, CVD and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced packaging, LEDs, high speed RF on GaAs, and power management device markets. With manufacturing facilities in Newport, Wales, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California, the company operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. For more information about SPTS Technologies, please visit www.spts.com