Knutti, Allen launch Acuity Inc. for high-performance MEMS pressure sensors

June 11, 2008 — MEMS industry veterans Jim Knutti and Henry Allen have formed Acuity Incorporated, which they say will bring to market a line of high performance, MEMS-based pressure sensors. Based in Fremont, Calif., Acuity was established as a pure product company that can rapidly leverage technology from the extensive MEMS manufacturing infrastructure developed over the last several years. The company’s products take advantage of stable and fine tuned processes that allow the production of ever smaller, high-performance microstructures and integrated electronics.

The company already has a production agreement with the MEMS foundry Semefab, where fab evaluation and qualification runs are complete and first product wafers are in process.

“In order to answer the industry’s need for both improved functionality and high reliability we needed to seek out a foundry partner with a high level of commercial experience,” said Jim Knutti, president and co-founder, Acuity. “We selected Semefab based on the advanced MEMS technology already in production there and its reputation as a “working fab” that could support us with the most current flexible MEMS processes and tool sets.”

“We feel that Acuity is an ideal match for Semefab — it has the product design and market knowledge to take full advantage of our MEMS foundry capabilities,” said Ian McNaught, MEMS Business Manager, Semefab. “They represent a new wave of nimble, fabless MEMS companies who are listening to customers and seeking out the best tools and technologies to incorporate the required functionalities into the manufactured product.”


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