MANILA, Philippines Memsic Inc., the microelectromechanical systems developer backed by Analog Devices Inc., will significantly increase its manufacturing capacity in mainland China for MEMS-based accelerometers next year.
Memsic revealed its plans during the recent ElectronicsAsia exhibit in Hong Kong. "Memsic Wuxi Inc., our mainland China manufacturing facility, currently makes about a million units of MEMS-based accelerometers [a month]. By August next year, we expect to more than double this output to reach 2.5 million units per month," said Thomas Cunneen, Memsic's vice president of marketing.
Memsic was founded in 1999 with financial backing from Analog Devices (Norwood, Mass.) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). The company makes integrated sensor-accelerometers, including single- and dual-axis inertial devices, and has also combined MEMS technology with leading-edge IC processes to create MEMS ICs. The devices sell for about $2 each in quantities of 100,000, Cunneen said.
The company has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts and Wuxi. It began shipping dual-axis accelerometers in June. Cunneen said lower labor costs in China and its relationship with TSMC have helped reduce manufacturing costs.
Memsic claims its MX2000 family of MEMS inertial sensors is the first fully integrated two-axis sensor on a CMOS platform. The devices also incorporate a continuous self-test feature.
Applications for the thermal MEMS devices include automobile braking and suspensions systems, medical uses like blood pressure monitoring, robotics and industrial automation.
Manoj Aravindakshan is online managing editor of EE Times Asia, a sister publication of EE Times.