Olympus Expands MEMS Foundry Services

April 16, 2003
San Jose, CA, April 16, 2003. Olympus Partnership Development Group PDG) has expanded its MEMS (Micro-electromechanical Systems) Foundry Services and its MEMS chip products. Olympus designs, performs rapid prototyping, manufactures, and packages MEMS for optical networking, biotech, medical, and industrial applications. They also provide MEMS chips for VOA (variable optical attenuators) and optical MEMS switch chips

San Jose, CA, April 16, 2003. Olympus Partnership Development Group PDG) has expanded its MEMS (Micro-electromechanical Systems) Foundry Services and its MEMS chip products. Olympus designs, performs rapid prototyping, manufactures, and packages MEMS for optical networking, biotech, medical, and industrial applications. They also provide MEMS chips for VOA (variable optical attenuators), optical MEMS switch chips for small port accounts such as 1x2, and large port optical switches for optical cross connects.

Olympus MEMS technology is focused on bulk micromachine processes. It is based on over ten years of experience in MEMS research and development. Part of Olympus' success in achieving good reliability and performance of its MEMS devices is the advanced materials that are used, such as polyimide. Olympus can package MEMS for flip chip applications and other low temperature processes.

"The Partnership Development Group was formed to work with companies to develop new products and technologies and bring them to market," said Olympus PDG vice president Lawrence Wang. "These new expanded MEMS capabilities enable us to offer our partners products and services for a wide array of applications while furthering advances and developments in micro-fabrication and micro-assembly technology."

The MEMS foundry offers partner companies access to precision and advanced equipment and test capabilities such as 1D and 2D MEMS mirror devices, atomic force microscope probe tips and cantilevers, image sensors, photo sensors, BiCMOS, optical scanners, active-bending microcatheters, diagnostic tactile sensors, free-flow modules, and protein power measurement.

Olympus Partnership Development Group (PDG) was formed in October 2001 and is part of the R&D division of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Based in San Jose, California, PDG operates under the umbrella of Olympus Integrated Technologies America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. It was established to accelerate the success of partner companies through technology and business alliances. PDG provides access to Olympus resources in R&D, engineering, precision manufacturing from prototyping to ramp-up, sales, marketing, distribution, and financial investment.

For more information, visit www.olympuspartnership.com .

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