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Publication Date: 06/1/2011
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Kionix MEMS Production Up 5X with SPEA Test Systems
Ithaca, NY — Kionix, Inc. has taken another important step in expanding capacity for reliability and quality testing of its complete portfolio of MEMS inertial sensors. Responding to an ever-increasing demand for its products for consumer, automotive, healthcare and industrial applications, the company has ramped up the further adoption of SPEA's MEMS Test Cells (MTC) 100 systems.

Providing the ability to test simultaneously 16 devices under test (DUT), SPEA's MTC 100 delivers a 5:1 improvement over Kionix's previous testing equipment, and provides the basis for significantly speeding order-to-delivery times for even the highest-volume customers.

Using proprietary inspection techniques, SPEA's MTC 100 offers a comprehensive solution for final testing of tri-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes. The MTC 100 integrates all the elements required for the electrical and functional test of the devices, including the stimulus unit for the verification of the electro-mechanical operation and tri-temp conditioning for the simulation of a real working environment.

According to Ken Hager, chief operating officer of Kionix, "The installation of more SPEA tools in our test facilities gives us a no-compromise solution for the continuous expansion of our production capacity. This increased throughput is the foundation for our sustained rise as a top-tier MEMS inertial sensor supplier." The MTC 100 tool is a complete test cell that incorporates an H3500 Pick & Place Handler for high-precision, high-productivity processing of the components from trays; a Comptest MX MEMS Tester for the parallel multi-site testing of multiple devices; and a Rate Yaw Table MEMS Stimulus Unit for stimulating the devices for functional test, while applying hot and cold conditioning for tri-temp testing.

SPEA tools offer customization options of which Kionix has taken advantage. Kionix has added a Reel Sort Unit (RSU) to place programmed and tested parts directly onto reels. These sorting units reduce handling time, moving parts more quickly from production to shipping.

Kionix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ROHM Co., Ltd. of Japan. The company pioneered high-aspect ratio silicon micromachining based on research originally conducted at Cornell University and today offers one of the industry's broadest families of MEMS devices that incorporate tri-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes along with the mixed-signal-interface integrated circuits that provide algorithm processing of sensor data.

Contact: SPEA America, 2609 SSW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701 903-595-4433 fax: 903-595-5003 E-mail: Web:

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