Akustica launches MEMS microphone

April 22, 2003 — Akustica Inc. has launched its first product — a MEMS-based acoustic microphone chip.

The Pittsburgh-based venture-backed startup, founded in 2001 with technology licensed from Carnegie Mellon University, said customers in North America, Europe and Asia are sampling the 64-membrane microphone with on-chip analog amplifier. Multiple membranes can more accurately capture desired sounds and reduce unwanted noise in mobile phones, hearing aids and other electronics.

Akustica in January said it would collaborate on a prototype system for next-generation hearing aid products made by GN ReSound. The Danish firm, a subsidiary of GN Great Nordic, sells devices under several brand names, including Danavox, Beltone, Philips and Viennatone.


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