ST’s lab will focus on all-level audio performance testing from components (microphone or acoustic components) to modules and systems, including smart phones, tablets, notebooks, TVs, and remote controls, ensuring superior recording and sound quality, shorter debugging period, and faster time to market for end applications.
“With the increasing demand for advanced microphone applications in the Greater China region, it is imperative for ST to strengthen its local technology and application support,” says ST’s Francois Guibert, “establishing a new advanced testing lab facility in Taiwan will allow us to work even more closely with our key customers and partners in the region to optimise the quality of their products at all levels and develop innovative applications with excellent audio performance.”
Taiwan, home to a number of top-tier global ODMs and some of the world’s largest EMS companies, is the world’s second largest producer of IT products. With a comprehensive semiconductor-industry supply chain, from IC design and manufacturing to packaging and testing, accounting for almost 70% of the world’s contract IC chip output and a quarter of the global IC design market, Taiwan is the ideal location.
Equipped with the APx525 Family Audio Analyzer from Audio Precision, ST’s lab complies with the ISO 3744/3745 industrial acoustic standard and environmental noise regulation, as well as Intel’s Speech and Voice Recognition Standard.
According to IHS’ latest report[1, global MEMS microphone shipments rose by 37% year-on-year from 1.9 billion in 2012 to 2.6 billion units in 2013. By 2017, the shipments are forecast to reach 5.4 billion units.