Picosun ALD Fills the Gap in MEMS Devices

Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:00pm EST

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ESPOO, Finland, January 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

    Picosun Oy, leading Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment manufacturer expands its
central role in the field of European semiconductor manufacturing by taking part in a
yet new international R&D project, Lab4MEMS. The project started 1st January, 2013 and
will run for two and a half years. Lab4MEMS is Picosun's fifth simultaneous European
funded R&D project and strengthens directly the company's core competencies in the field
of semiconductors, IC (integrated circuits) and electronics. MEMS
(Microelectromechanical Systems) devices are amongst ALD's most central application
areas and Picosun has been a forerunner in integrating ALD technology to MEMS
manufacturing since the company was founded. Indeed, nowadays PICOSUN(TM) ALD systems
are used by many production customers to whom the company's technology is in a key role
in their MEMS manufacturing process. The number of these customers can only be expected
to increase radically in the near future when the MEMS market has been predicted to
double to 21 billion dollars by 2017 (Yole Developpement).  

    The core objectives of the 28-million euro project Lab4MEMS are development of
novel, innovative manufacturing methods for MEMS materials, packaging technologies for
state-of-the-art MEMS devices, sensors and actuators, and techniques for advanced 3D
packaging. MEMS and sensor technologies, in addition to other nanoelectronics
applications and nanotechnology in general, have been identified as one of the KETs (Key
Enabling Technologies) behind Europe's industrial success so the project Lab4MEMS can be
expected to have a truly significant impact as a supporter of the continent's industrial
competitiveness and sustainability in the near future. Lab4MEMS is coordinated and
managed by one of the leading MEMS manufacturers, STMicroelectronics s.r.l. (Italy).  

    "We at Picosun are proud to take part in a project such as Lab4MEMS. The objectives
are truly significant and we are happy to be able to utilize our leading position and
groundbreaking know-how in integrating ALD technology to MEMS manufacturing," states
Juhana Kostamo, Managing Director of Picosun.  

    Picosun Oy is a Finland-based, globally operating manufacturer of state-of-the-art
ALD systems, representing continuity to almost four decades of pioneering, exclusive and
groundbreaking ALD reactor design and manufacturing. Today, PICOSUN(TM) ALD systems are
in daily production and R&D use in numerous prominent industries and research
organizations across the world.  

    Juhana Kostamo, Managing Director (email juhana.kostamo@picosun.com; tel.
+358-50-321-1955)   

Picosun Oy
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