AKUSTICA, INC (Bosch Group)
Headquarters : USA
Founded : 2001
Website : http://www.akustica.com/
Akustica was founded in 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA, to commercialize acoustic CMOS MEMS technology licensed from Carnegie Mellon University. Akustica holds the exclusive license to these patents and has developed additional technologies to support the company’s mission to create and commercialize a new generation of CMOS MEMS microphone products. In 2006, Akustica introduced the world’s first and only single-chip digital-output microphone. Since introduction, Akustica’s line of digital MEMS microphones has been chosen by top-tier laptop manufacturers for their ease of integration, consistent performance and excellent voice quality.
In 2009, Akustica was acquired by Robert Bosch North America, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. As part of the Bosch Group, Akustica has access to the talent, expertise and experience of one of the true pioneers in MEMS technology. Bosch has been actively researching microsystem technology since 1988, and has developed a complete line of MEMS products for the automotive, industrial and consumer electronics markets. With more than 1.6 billion MEMS sensors shipped, Bosch is a recognized leader in the MEMS industry.
Akustica CMOS MEMS Technology
Akustica’s patented CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology integrates the mechanical functionality of microphones and other sensors with analog and digital electronics all in a single chip. Unlike other MEMS manufacturing technologies, CMOS MEMS employs standard CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) processes to fabricate microstructures within the metal-dielectric layers that are deposited during the standard CMOS processing flow, resulting in mechanical structures that are just microns away from the analog and digital electronics.
CMOS MEMS is unique in that it is the only available MEMS process that is not just CMOS compatible, but is actually just CMOS. Manufacturing entirely in standard CMOS allows Akustica to leverage the reliability, capacity, and economies of scale of the global semiconductor market.
Because of CMOS MEMS, manufacturers can now design smaller, lighter, more power efficient products with vastly improved capabilities, and produce them more cost effectively all of the characteristics that the fast-moving, cost-sensitive consumer electronics market cares about.