AML drops MEMS design, foundry services

Feb. 20, 2004 — Applied Microengineering Ltd., a U.K.-based MEMS equipment supplier, is giving up on its design house and foundry services and reverting to more traditional fabrication of MEMS chips, according to a news release.

AML said a foundry’s production processes are too inflexible for fabricating a wide variety of MEMS devices, given the scarcity of established standard processes. Established foundries produce their own devices, with their own specific manufacturing processes.

The company said it can satisfy low volume runs by making the chips in-house and contracting out special processing, such as glass micromachining, the release said.


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