Semiconductor makers turn to MEMS

Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology is proving to be more attractive for semiconductor vendors than their traditional activities, according to In-Stat/MDR.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  October 6, 2002

Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology is proving to be more profitable and attractive for semiconductor vendors than their traditional activities, according to In-Stat/MDR.

The analyst house notes that there are around 60 MEMS fabs/foundries, several hundred start-ups, many of which have their own in-house prototyping and/or fabrication facilities, as well as countless universities and government labs worldwide researching MEMS technology. It adds that continued unit growth and device diversity as well as the huge potential market, is making the MEMS increasingly more appeal for semiconductor equipment manufacturers.

“Equipment for MEMS fabrication is now more available than ever before, ranging from dual purpose — for both semiconductor and MEMS processing steps — to purely MEMS-specific,” says Marlene Bourne, senior analyst, In-Stat/MDR.

“In some areas, standard semiconductor equipment is perfectly suitable; whereas in others, MEMS fabrication presents some unique issues that can be quite different from semiconductor manufacturing – and these differences are growing more apparent,” she adds.

An example of this, Bourne notes, is in metrology where MEMS provides a greater challenge in terms of inspection, testing and analysis than semiconductor ICs. This therefore presents a sizable opportunity.

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