(Toledo, OH) Midwest MicroDevices, LLC (MMD) today announced receipt of an order near year-end marking the third customer in 2009, for which the company was able to bring recurring orders for MEMS fabrication to its U.S. foundry from a previous overseas or non-U.S. manufacturing location.
Over the past few decades, the traditional path for MEMS device fabrication has been for companies to transition recurring production overseas after prototyping in the U.S. With these orders in its recent fiscal year, MMD has demonstrated that U.S. firms can compete with off-shore firms. “We specifically have developed our competitive market niche to focus on emerging to medium volume applications, and customers are responding," described President and CEO Dr. Christopher Melkonian. "When a customer considers the total acquisition cost of a custom MEMS device, MMD provides strong value in supporting a customer’s path to market in a timely, cost-effective manner."
The three device types MMD has brought back on-shore for wafer fabrication include an industrial thermal sensor, a defense industry pressure sensor, and a consumer device. Further product details are restricted due to customer confidentiality, however, all three customers have indicated interest in pursuing additional MEMS fabrication work for other products through MMD.
MMD often wins business because of its flexibility, broad process offerings, and unique capabilities in thin film metal deposition that let it support applications others can not take on. The interest from U.S. based customers is based on MMD’s cost-effective approach to MEMS device fabrication during development, prototyping, and recurring production. MMD is able to address lower to medium volume applications much more effectively than other large foundries, simply because its production capabilities are scaled to be efficient at those levels.
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MMD is a dedicated wafer foundry for MEMS, micro-sensors & specialized thin film devices. We are a pure foundry, focusing entirely on customer needs. We provide MEMS and thin film fabrication processing for emerging to medium volume applications. Our equipment set and facility was specially designed to meet the needs of the modern MEMS customer, providing the utmost in processing flexibility and capability. MMD can support a customer’s entire spectrum of needs, from concept and design, to initial prototype, to volume production.