MEMS Sensors are ideal for a widespread range of applications starting from consumer goods to aeronautics. The intrinsic value of the technologies is well-spread: small size easy to integrate on circuit boards, low electrical consumption and stability over aging and temperature, not to mention the cost of acquisition. While the major focus of large players is the consumer space, few companies are pushing the limits on performance in order to eliminate the need for bigger and costlier alternatives.
Colibrys’ video introducing MEMS sensors for Inertial Navigation:
Can a tiny component one day replace all other legacy technologies even in the most demanding applications?
Colibrys has the answer: yes!
Colibrys focuses on high-performance MEMS sensors which rely on three key factors:
- MEMS design, fully exploiting the high intrinsic stability of Silicon and matching well with the opportunities and limits of sensor electronics, and MEMS technology using advanced MEMS processes including precision etching and multi-wafer bonding.
- MEMS assembly and packaging technologies, allowing for the maintenance of the excellent intrinsic performance of MEMS dies and assuring high reliability in harsh environments.
- Sensor electronics co-designed with the MEMS chip, helping in optimizing the system design in order to reach the best performance while keeping complexity low.
Colibrys’ ability to co-design the MEMS chip, the package and the associated electronics with a highly-skilled interdisciplinary engineering team is the key to successful development of high MEMS sensors for demanding applications such as aeronautics navigation, industrial vibration measurement and seismic monitoring.
Advanced manufacturing processes
MEMS components are manufactured in a wafer Fab using a combination of standard microelectronics processes and processes specific to MEMS such as through-wafer etching and wafer bonding. For sensor packages, Colibrys mainly uses hermetically-sealed ceramics packages, which ensure robustness in harsh environments, long-term stability and reliability. For the electronics, Colibrys relies on its own ASICS as well as the use of standard components.
Colibrys aims at sensors with performance levels that, until now, could only be achieved by using through electromechanical technologies and through outperforming them in terms of robustness, size and cost.