Date: 18th Apr 2012
Micrel receive 98% performance rating
from its MEMS customer
Micrel Inc has announced that it received a 98% performance
rating in a report covering the fourth quarter of 2011 for
the services and materials supplied to a MEMS (Micro Electro
Mechanical Systems) manufacturer.
Micrel's MEMS foundry fab has been in mass production of
the sensors for this customer. The quarterly report is intended
to drive improvement for the services and materials Micrel
supplies to the company. Rating metrics are based on returns
(30 percent), on-time delivery (30 percent), quality (20
percent) and quality events (20 percent). This is the second
scorecard received by Micrel from this MEMS supplier since
expanding MEMS manufacturing at its San Jose, California-based
wafer and foundry operations in November of 2011.
In preparation for its ramp-up in MEMS manufacturing, Micrel
committed several million dollars in capital, initiated
3D front-to-back alignment capability and acquired a new
state-of-the-art DRIE etch machine. The system etches very
deep trenches, through silicon vias (TSVs) and the large
cavities required for advanced MEMS products. Micrel is
one of the few 6-inch fabs in the United States offering
MEMS manufacturing capability.
"We are very pleased with our performance out of the
gate on MEMS," noted Guy Gandenberger, vice president,
worldwide operations and foundry business unit for Micrel.
"In addition, we are delighted to see improvement in
this area as our last rating was 97 percent. We are absolutely
aiming for 100 percent and will continue to work aggressively
toward that goal of giving our customers not only world
class service but the best in the industry. I am thrilled
that we now have multiple MEMs customers and have put in
the capacity and resources to drive Micrel in becoming a
leader in MEMs foundry manufacturing."
"Having our own fab gives us greater control and flexibility
over every element of the manufacturing process, and enables
us to offer highly customizable services across CMOS and
MEMS devices all under one roof. This reduces the number
of vendors in the process and helps to optimize the entire
design, manufacturing and testing workflow to enable our
customers to realize greater process efficiencies and cost
of ownership benefits," added Ray Zinn, president and
CEO of Micrel. "We have invested significantly in assembling
an experienced fab team and state-of-the-art equipment,
which is paying dividends in the excellent rating received
from this customer."
Micrel's established wafer fab division offers both IC
and MEMS foundry services to commercial and military chip
designers and all manufacturers seeking a production solution
compatible with their specific application and/or technology
The facility has been certified to ISO14001:1996, the International
Environmental Management System Standard.