Ardesta to Market Sandia MEMS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sandia National Laboratories and the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company Ardesta have joined forces through a new partnership agreement to transfer Labs-developed microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microsystems technologies to start-up companies in the commercial sector. Sandia has agreed to grant Ardesta a nonexclusive right and license to make and sell products using Sandia's SUMMiT technology. SUMMiT (for Sandia Ultraplanar Multilevel MEMS Technology) is an advanced five-level polysilicon surface micromachining MEMS technology that produces more reliable and complex devices than previously possible.

"MEMS devices, once a research novelty of arrays of spinning gears, are now finding their way into a broad range of commercial applications," says Jerome Jakubczak, Manager of Sandia's MEMS Science and Technology Department. "MEMS application areas include ink jet printer heads that dispense carefully controlled amounts of ink onto paper, automotive air bag sensors that reliably deploy a car's critical safety device, display devices that visually project information from a computer onto a large screen or wall, and even video games where the player's physical motion becomes part of the game."

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