LONDON — STMicroelectronics NV has set up an anechoic chamber in Taipei, Taiwan, for use in MEMS microphone application development.
The laboratory will focus on audio performance at all levels from the system down to microphone and acoustic materials, including smartphones, tablets, notebook computers, TVs, and remote controls.
Taiwan has been selected as the best site for the MEMS microphone laboratory because it accounts for 70% of the world's contract IC chip output and a quarter of the global IC design market. Taiwan is home to some of the world's largest electronic manufacturing services companies and top-tier original design manufacturers, and it is the world's second-largest producer of IT products.
The laboratory has been equipped with an APx525 audio analyzer from Audio Precision, and it complies with the ISO 3744/3745 industrial acoustic standard and environmental noise regulation, as well as with an Intel set standard on speech and voice recognition.
Global MEMS microphone shipments rose 37% from 1.9 billion units in 2012 to 2.6 billion in 2013, according to a recent IHS report. By 2017, the shipments are forecast to reach 5.4 billion units.
"The investment in the new testing facility confirms our commitment to support the increasing demand for MEMS microphone applications and a step forward to further drive the MEMS microphone market growth," Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president and general manager of ST's analog, MEMS, and sensors group, said in a press release.
— Peter Clarke covers sensors and analog for EE Times Europe.
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