Micralyne - Leadership in MEMS Manufacturing

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Contents - December 2006

:: Message from the CEO
:: Tech Brief: Wet Chemical Processing
:: Micralyne News
:: Additional Reading & MEMS Industry Resources

CEO Message
Last week Micralyne sponsored and participated in an online webinar put on by the MEMS Industry Group titled "Successful MEMS Product Development".
Photograph of Chris Lumb

Over 140 people from around the world registered to listen to Mike Mignardi, DMD Program Manager for Texas Instruments, Alissa Fitzgerald from A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates and Bruce Alton, Vice President Marketing & Business Development at Micralyne. All three speakers highlighted the issues and challenges surrounding MEMS product development whether at the prototype stage, which covers most of Alissa's customer base, the wide array of companies that Micralyne works with, or at a captive, internal fab such as TI.


- Chris Lumb, President & CEO, Micralyne -

Tech Brief: Wet Chemical Processing
Wet chemical processing at Micralyne encompasses both surface cleaning and material etching.

The purpose of chemical cleans is to remove surface residues or particulate and etching is used to remove controlled amounts of specific materials. To achieve the required outcomes a wide range of chemicals are required including:
Acids: Sulfuric acid, Phosphoric acid, Hydrofluoric acid, Nitric acid
Bases: Ammonium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide
Oxidizers: Hydrogen Peroxide
Solvents: Isopropyl Alcohol, Methanol
Surfactants: Proprietary

The main challenges in wet chemical processing are reducing process variations and finding solutions to meet increasingly narrow product tolerances.


- By Thomas Krywko, Process Engineer -

Micralyne News
Micralyne One of Alberta's Top 25 Employers for 2007
Micralyne Inc. has been named one of "Alberta's Top 25 Employers" for 2007 by Mediacorp Canada through the "Canada's Top 100 Employers" annual competition.
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Chris Lumb on New TEC Edmonton Board of Directors
TEC Edmonton has announced the members of its first Board of Directors, comprised of experienced leaders mainly from the private-sector.
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Microsystems Innovation: Hingeless Design for 90-Degree Out-of-Plane Microstructures Wins Micralyne Award
Micralyne Inc. is pleased to announce Mr. See-Ho Tsang from Simon Fraser University has won the annual Microsystems Design Award for 2006, sponsored by Micralyne.
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Micralyne's Robust, Standardized Fabrication Process Reduces Time-to-Market
One key issue companies face is time-to-market - how long it takes to move a MEMS-based product from an idea to generating revenues. MicragemTM is an SOI-based MEMS fabrication process with a set of design and process guidelines used to prototype and manufacture different types of MEMS components in a standardized fashion.
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Additional Reading & MEMS Industry Resources
Some additional websites that might be of interest to you in regard to Micralyne or the small tech industry is:

Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems

Listen to Bruce Alton speak from January 10-13, 2007 in China. This conference will focus on the state-of-the-art research and development in micro- and nano-scale phenomena, devices, systems, manufacturing, and commercialization of micro- and nano-technologies.

MicroScale Bioseparations - Join Micralyne at MicroScale Bioseparations from January 14-18, 2007 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The MSB Symposium series is the meeting for microscale separation and analysis methods as applied to materials of biological relevance.

OFC/NFOEC 2007 - Visit the Micralyne booth (#3256) at OFC/NFOEC in Anaheim, CA from March 25-29, 2007. This is the premier international event for both the science and business of optical communications

Contact Information: Micralyne Inc.
1911-94 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6N 1E6
Phone: 1.780.431.4400 Fax: 1.780.431.4422

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