--Alliance mitigates risk, speeds time-to-market for commercial MEMS devices
EDMONTON, Alberta & BURLINGAME, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 11, 2011 — Micralyne, Inc., a leading pure-play MEMS foundry serving high-performance biomedical, telecommunications and industrial markets, and A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates (AMFitzgerald), a MEMS product development firm, today announced a strategic partnership which will put customers on the fast-track path to commercialization. Combining AMFitzgerald’s expert MEMS design and rapid prototyping services with Micralyne’s extensive experience in manufacturing high-value MEMS devices, the partnership offers a one-stop solution for companies that want to move early-stage designs beyond proof-of-concept to volume production.
“Navigating the MEMS ecosystem can prove challenging to customers who want to take IP or even an early-stage design to the commercial phase. In many cases, they are strong conceptually with an in-depth understanding of the problems addressed by their specific application but may not have experience in MEMS design or manufacturing,” said Nancy Fares, CEO of Micralyne. “Our strategic partnership with AMFitzgerald allows us collectively to ‘divide and conquer.’ Our customers do what they do best: conceptualize innovative applications for which MEMS is the perfect vehicle. We do what we do best: help them to bring to market the highest quality MEMS devices as quickly and as efficiently as possible.”
“Our clients need to turn their ideas into silicon. We offer the design, modeling and rapid prototyping that moves them quickly from the idea stage to a foundry-ready MEMS design,” explained Alissa M. Fitzgerald, PhD, founder and managing member of AMFitzgerald. “An important part of our work is the delivery of a proven MEMS prototype—both a mask design and a robust process flow—to the foundry for a fast ramp to high-yield volume production. Having Micralyne as a manufacturing partner offers our clients a complete solution, and adds significant value through coordinated design-for-manufacture development and seamless foundry transfer. It is an elegant synchronization of the MEMS supplier ecosystem, speeding time-to-market for MEMS devices of the highest quality.”
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Micralyne is one of the world’s largest independent MEMS foundries. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Micralyne serves a diverse customer base, from innovative Fortune 100 companies to high-tech start-ups. With a proven MEMS manufacturing track record and a rich development history dating back to 1982, Micralyne has helped to pioneer the MEMS industry by creating some of the world’s smallest mechanical structures for leading corporations.
AMFitzgerald, located near Silicon Valley in Burlingame, CA, USA, offers customers the complete solution for MEMS product development. Full-service engineering capabilities include: custom device design, MEMS prototyping and process development, multiphysics finite element modeling, foundry transfer, production support, and technology strategy consulting. AMFitzgerald’s team of experienced MEMS engineers provides the essential pre-foundry work to minimize the risk, cost and time of new MEMS development. AMFitzgerald is a member of MEMS Industry Group.
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A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC
Alissa M. Fitzgerald, 650-347-MEMS ext. 101