Spring is approaching and this time every year we're off to the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).
We have exhibited at this conference for the past several years and have witnessed the rise, fall and resurrection of the optical communication industry. Attendance at this year's OFC will no doubt be a fraction of what it was in 2001 but the prospects for the optical telecom industry are looking up.
- Chris Lumb, President & CEO, Micralyne -
Tech Brief: Thin Film Deposition - Sputtering
Sputtering is a technique used for the deposition of thin films, a fundamental building block of MEMS-based products.
When combined with other MEMS-based processing techniques thin films can be used to fabricate components in applications ranging from telecom optical switch devices to automotive pressure sensors. They can be used as structural or sacrificial layers, and the films can be selectively etched in order to make a three-dimensional device. Sputtering is one of many methods to create thin films but is one of the most commonly used at Micralyne.
- By Glen Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientist -
Additional Reading & MEMS Industry Resources
Micralyne Breaks Ground on New Expansion
Micralyne has broken ground on a facility expansion that will increase its manufacturing capacity to accommodate its growing customer base.
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Micralyne Awarded #1 Spot in Alberta Venture Fast 25 Under $20 Millions
Micralyne has been ranked the number one company with revenues under $20M by Alberta Venture Magazine in its annual Fast 50 List.
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MOEMS Field Spawns Development of Varied Devices
A substantial portion of the MEMS space is now being given over to Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MOEMS), the miniaturization of optics, light modulation and control.
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Some additional websites that might be of interest to you in regard to Micralyne or the small tech industry is:
OFC/NFOEC 2007 - Visit the Micralyne booth (#3256) at OFC/NFOEC in Anaheim, CA from March 27-29, 2007. This is the premier international event for both the science and business of optical communications
Bruce Alton will be representing Micralyne at the Micromachine Summit from April 25-28, 2007 in Venice, Italy. This annual meeting is where leading representatives of academy, industry, agencies and governmental organizations gather and discuss the current status and future prospects of microsystems and nanotechnology.
METRIC 2007 - Join Micralyne at METRIC from May 15-16, 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA. Put on by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), the purpose of this conference is to identify common problem areas affecting various markets and company types throughout the entire MEMS industry, and develop strategies for addressing them.
Sensor Expo & Conference - Visit the Micralyne booth (#629) from June 11-13, 2007 in Rosemont, IL. Sensors Expo & Conference is the only industry event in North America exclusively focusing on sensors and sensor-integrated systems.
Contact Information: Micralyne Inc.
1911-94 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6N 1E6
Phone: 1.780.431.4400 Fax: 1.780.431.4422