CA - January 4, 2005 - Microfabrica, a leader in microdevice
and microsystem fabrication, has partnered with MOSIS,
the leading low-cost prototyping and small-volume production
service for integrated circuit development, to introduce
EFAB Access, the first multi-project run service to
offer Microfabrica's breakthrough 3-D micromanufacturing
Access gives companies, universities, research labs,
and individuals the ability to design three-dimensional
MEMS and microdevices and have their prototypes produced
economically through MOSIS. The program opens the
door to a wide variety of 3-D applications, including
sensors, actuators, RF devices, and medical instruments.
seen significant demand among designers for a flexible
MEMS and microdevice provider. After considering the
available MEMS technologies, we chose to partner with
Microfabrica because of the unprecedented flexibility
of the EFAB process for microdevice design and fabrication.
No other MEMS technology enables such a wide range
of microdevice applications," said Vance Tyree,
research and development manager at MOSIS. "There
are so many designers with ideas and needs for groundbreaking,
complex 3-D microdevices that were previously impossible
to manufacture with other technologies, or impractical
to fabricate on a researcher's budget. We are pleased
to make the EFAB process available to them for the
first time, through EFAB Access."
EFAB process sets a new benchmark for microfabrication,
through 3-D flexibility, ease-of-use, and quick time-to-market
across a wide variety of applications from wireless
electronics to inertial sensing. Our partnership with
MOSIS extends these benefits of the EFAB process to
a new group of designers and researchers," said
Adam Cohen, executive vice president, technology and
CTO of Microfabrica. "EFAB Access provides a
set of simple design rules that empowers everyone
to design and obtain 3-D microdevices and MEMS, at
an affordable cost."
multi-project run service allows multiple, typically-unrelated
projects from multiple designers to be fabricated
at the same time, as part of the same semiconductor
or MEMS wafer, offering lower-cost access to advanced
fabrication processes than a dedicated run.
key benefit of the EFAB process is that it allows
designers to create microdevices quickly using 3-D
computer aided design (CAD) software. SolidWorks Corporation,
a leading supplier of 3-D mechanical design software,
is the #1 provider of 3-D CAD software for EFAB Access.
LayerView(tm) software allows designers to visualize
what the layers of their devices will look like when
the devices are produced through the EFAB process,
and facilitates manual checking of design rules. The
Web sites of Microfabrica, MOSIS, and SolidWorks include
links to download LayerView software at no charge.
Additionally, as part of EFAB Access, MOSIS will provide
designers with specialized LayerView Plus software,
as well as an EFAB Access Design Guide.
Access participants can submit their designs to MOSIS,
which will then prepare the multi-project run layout
for Microfabrica. MOSIS and Microfabrica have initially
scheduled one EFAB Access run per quarter, and the
deadline to submit designs for the first multi-project
run is March 21, 2005. The first run allows devices
to be built with up to 20 structural layers and is
priced at $5,000 (domestic), which is less than 10%
of a typical dedicated EFAB technology run. For specific
requirements, full pricing details, and additional
information, please visit www.efabaccess.com or www.mosis.org/efabaccess.
Access is designed to make EFAB technology available
via a set of pre-defined layer thicknesses and standardized
design rules. Companies that require greater design
freedom or larger quantities of devices can contact
Microfabrica directly at http://www.microfabrica.com/inquiry.
of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Micro
Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2005, January 30
- February 3, 2005, in Miami, Florida are invited
to stop by the Microfabrica-MOSIS booth (#48) and
learn more about EFAB Access.
Founded in 1999, Microfabrica Inc. is a leader in
microdevice manufacturing. The company's breakthrough
proprietary EFAB(r) technology brings a new paradigm
to micromanufacturing, offering unprecedented flexibility,
ease-of-use and quick time-to-market in a wide range
of applications including wireless, consumer electronics,
automotive and military/aerospace. EFAB is the first
manufacturing technology that can fabricate intricate,
truly three-dimensional microdevices by depositing
many tens of precision metal layers. The technology
opens up a world of possibilities for complex microdevices
and microsystems previously impossible or impractical
to manufacture using other approaches.
is headquartered in Burbank, California. For more
information, please visit www.microfabrica.com
MOSIS is the leading low-cost prototyping and small-volume
production service for VLSI circuit development. Since
1981, MOSIS has fabricated more than 50,000 circuit
designs for commercial firms, government agencies,
and research and educational institutions around the
provides designers with a single interface to the
constantly changing technologies of the semiconductor
industry. Mask generation, wafer fabrication, and
device packaging are contracted to leading industry
is based in Marina del Rey, California. For more information,
please visit www.mosis.org.
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes
S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA)
company, develops and markets software for mechanical
design, analysis, and product data management. It
is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software
for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market
in number of users in production, customer satisfaction,
and revenue. For the latest news, information, or
a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web
site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside
of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
Liz Clinkenbeard/Rachel Kim