BEVERLY, Mass. -- Clare Inc. here today announced a development partnership with Analog Devices Inc. to create high-voltage IC technology for fiber optical networks that use integrated microelectromechanical systems (iMEMS).
The new technology will employ Clare's proprietary silicon-on-insulator (SOI) high-voltage IC technology. The "iMEMS" devices will integrate high-voltage circuits with CMOS logic and microelectromechnical structures, said the Beverly-based company.
Clare's "unique SOI process is very complimentary with our optical iMEMS processes," said Franklin Weigold, vice president and general manager of Analog Devices in Norwood, Mass.
The development project is expected to last two years, said the two companies.
The new partnership "represents a significant opportunity for Clare to enhance our process technology and gain entry into new markets," said Larry Mihalchik, president and chief executive officer of Clare. In 1999, the company--formerly called C.P. Clare Corp.--divested itself of its electromagnetic relay business to focus on analog and mixed-signal semiconductors.