X-FAB to Invest More than $50M in MEMS Operations

NEWS, September 26, 2012.

Will continue its MEMS business under new brand X-FAB MEMS Foundry

X-FAB Silicon Foundries today announced it will invest more than $50M during the next three years in cleanroom space, new equipment, R&D and staff for its MEMS operations. These investments reflect X-FAB’s significant focus on MEMS to support the expected growth in MEMS services. The new brand X-FAB MEMS Foundry on X-FAB’s campus in Erfurt focuses solely on advanced MEMS manufacturing and developments, and will consolidate all of X-FAB’s MEMS business and activities.

X-FAB CEO Rudi De Winter said, “The MEMS sector is a strategic field of X-FAB’s overall activities to serve the growing needs of our customers. Our customers will benefit from the dedicated resources and expertise of a foundry focused solely on advanced MEMS technology, and built on X-FAB’s solid foundation of technical excellence. This move is X-FAB’s next step towards our goal of becoming one of the top three worldwide suppliers of MEMS foundry services.”

X-FAB’s recent accomplishments in MEMS technology include:

  • Industry’s first open-platform MEMS 3-axis inertial sensor process available directly from a high-volume pure-play foundry
  • Completion of a dedicated noble metal facility for MEMS
  • 8-inch MEMS capability
  • High-volume manufacturing of bulk and surface micromachined technologies, with and without CMOS integration
  • In-house technology platforms for mainstream MEMS applications such as pressure sensors, inertial sensors and infrared sensors
  • Ready-to-use IP design blocks for MEMS accelerometers

Acronyms
CEO       Chief Executive Officer
CMOS     Complementary metal oxide semiconductor
MEMS     Microelectromechanical systems
R&D        Research and development