Innovative Micro Technology (IMT), the largest pure-play MEMS manufacturer in the USA, announced today the signing of a partner agreement with Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions. The partnership with Silicon Catalyst offers the opportunity for IMT to provide MEMS-related technical consulting, manufacturing expertise and prototypes to the Silicon Catalyst portfolio of startup companies that are considering MEMS sensors and solutions.
“MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) technology provides the sensing interface to advanced semiconductor devices that are the core of the ‘Internet of Things.’ We believe the infrastructure Silicon Catalyst is establishing to enable the incubation of semiconductor devices provides numerous links with MEMS devices for the sensing of personal health, environment, energy consumption, agriculture and medical treatment. Additional applications for MEMS technologies also improve cellular phone performance, GPS navigation and smart phone battery consumption. We are pleased to partner with Silicon Catalyst to provide these fundamental sensing technologies to their portfolio companies,” said Craig Ensley, CEO of IMT.
The two organizations plan to work together to provide startup companies that are focused on solutions that require MEMS technology with design and process expertise, prototyping, shuttle wafers and office facilities. IMT has a broad range of expertise in the area of MEMS technology. For more than 15 years, IMT has worked with hundreds of companies to assist them with early stage planning, process integration and volume manufacturing. More than 450 MEMS designs have been implemented and run in the IMT manufacturing facilities. Portfolio companies can benefit from the IMT manufacturing experience and participate in various wafer shuttle opportunities for quick turn prototypes and accelerated market introduction of new MEMS devices.
“As we move into the era of IoT, sensors and other innovative MEMS devices become critical for new applications,” said Dan Armbrust, CEO of Silicon Catalyst. “IMT’s impressive MEMS development capability is the ideal resource for our portfolio companies as they innovate in IoT. We look forward to a long and exciting partnership with IMT.”