X-Fab to invest $50m
X-Fab is to invest $50m in the next three years in cleanroom space, new equipment, R&D and staff for MEMS.
The X-Fab MEMS Foundry on X-Fab’s campus in Erfurt focuses solely on advanced MEMS manufacturing and developments, and will consolidate all the company’s MEMS business and activities.
“Our customers will benefit from the dedicated resources and expertise of a foundry focused solely on advanced MEMS technology,” says X-Fab CEO Rudi De Winter, “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 recently announced an open-platform MEMS 3-axis inertial sensor process, 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 and ready-to-use IP design blocks for MEMS accelerometers
The company makes wafers in Erfurt and Dresden (Germany); Lubbock, Texas (U.S.); and Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia); and employs 2,400 people worldwide.
Processes are advanced modular CMOS and BiCMOS as well as MEMS processes, with technologies ranging from 1.0 to 0.13microb primarily for applications in the automotive, communications, consumer and industrial sectors.