January 20, 2016 07:00 ET
Acoustic Sensing Company Works With Top Foundry to Support Mass-Market Consumer Products
BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jan 20, 2016) – Vesper, the technology leader in acoustic MEMS, announced today that it is collaborating with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, to deliver the world’s first commercially available piezoelectric MEMS microphones for smartphones, wearables, automobiles, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other high-volume markets.
Vesper’s piezoelectric MEMS microphones are natively waterproof, dustproof and particle-resistant, enabling outstanding acoustic performance in almost any environment. Vesper’s ultra-high reliability also enables designers to build large stable arrays without ever suffering a breakdown. This makes them highly attractive to systems designers who cannot compromise on quality or performance.
“GLOBALFOUNDRIES, one of the world’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundries, is a pioneer in piezoelectric MEMS manufacturing,” said Matt Crowley, CEO, Vesper. “Their piezoelectric process technology and manufacturing capability have proven their ability to deliver high-quality piezoelectric products. That’s why we selected them as a premier supply chain manufacturer for our microphones.”
“GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ proven manufacturing process for piezoelectric MEMS microphones is designed to ensure consistent quality at high volumes,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of the CMOS Platforms Business Unit at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “Our collaboration with Vesper has enabled rapid time-to-market to deliver the first piezoelectric MEMS microphone. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ high-volume MEMS manufacturing experience enabled Vesper to move from first wafers to full process validation in under twelve months, while using a new material and process. That’s unprecedented in the MEMS industry, where this process can easily take five years or more.”
Worldwide, more than four billion MEMS microphones will ship in 2016, and the market grows rapidly to exceed six billion units by 2019, according to IHS Technology.i
Jérémie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst, MEMS & Sensors, IHS, commented, “Piezoelectric MEMS microphones are well positioned as higher-performance devices that can be built into arrays for smartphones, smart home devices and other products that use multiple microphones for noise cancellation and beamforming.”
Vesper is a privately held acoustic MEMS company based in Boston, MA. With origins at the University of Michigan, the company was initially founded in 2009 as Baker Calling. In 2014 an executive team of MEMS industry experts joined with the founders to form a new company dedicated to improving the acoustic experience with a wide range of consumer products via a patented piezoelectric MEMS platform. These products include smartphones, video cameras, automotive infotainment systems and IoT devices. Vesper is funded by Accomplice and strategic partners. For more information about Vesper, please contact us via phone: email: email@example.com or web: www.vespermems.com
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i IHS MEMS Microphone Report, Dec. 2015