LONDON – Canadian pure-play foundry Micralyne Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta) has formed a partnership with MEMS product development firm A.M.Fitzgerald & Associates (Burlingame, Calif.).
The combination of A.M.Fitzgerald's MEMS design and rapid prototyping services with Micralyne's volume manufacturing capability provides a one-stop means to move from proof-of-concept to mass production, said Micralyne in a statement.
Micralyne creates MEMS for high-value applications in the biomedical, telecommunications and industrial markets and was ranked as the tenth largest MEMS foundry in 2010 by Yole Developpement with revenues of about $19 million.
"Navigating the MEMS ecosystem can prove challenging to customers who want to take IP or even a conceptual design to the commercial phase. In many cases, they are strong conceptually with an in-depth understanding of the problems addressed by their specific application but may not have experience in MEMS design or manufacturing," said Nancy Fares, CEO of Micralyne in a statement. "Our strategic partnership with AMFitzgerald allows us collectively to divide and conquer. Our customers do what they do best: conceptualize innovative applications for which MEMS is the perfect vehicle. We do what we do best: help them to bring to market the highest quality MEMS devices as quickly and as efficiently as possible."
In the same statement Alissa Fitzgerald, founder and managing member of AMFitzgerald, said: "An important part of our work is the delivery of a proven MEMS prototype – both a mask design and a robust process flow – to the foundry for a fast ramp to high-yield volume production."
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