Fairchild Enters MEMS Market

Has licensed and successfully transferred processing technology to manufacture micro-electro-mechanical systems

October 9, 2001

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International (NYSE: FCS) today announced that the company has licensed and successfully transferred processing technology to manufacture micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS). Fairchild is the only electronics company to offer the Sandia National Laboratories SUMMiT (Sandia Ultra planar Multilevel MEMS Technology) IVTM technology, the world’s most capable micromachining process, to third parties and for new product development at Fairchild. MEMS devices are used in a broad range of applications for the telecommunications and consumer markets. MEMS devices are extremely small machines and are used as sensors or actuators. To manufacture these devices successfully can be a challenge and the patented SUMMiT IV TM process enables higher performing products due to tight control over film stress and device topography.“Offering MEMS manufacturing with the SUMMiT IVTM technology to third parties affords us a new growth opportunity,” said Rick Nasar, Fairchild’s director of foundry sales. “We’re pleased to be licensed by Sandia as currently the only company to offer this technology for foundry manufacturing.”Fairchild Semiconductor International

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