Global semiconductor leader STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd announces the opening of a new MEMS Microphone Lab (Anechoic Chamber) in Taiwan to test high-performance audio applications built with ST’s MEMS microphones.
According to Francois Guibert, Executive Vice President and President of ST’s Greater China and South Asia Region, ST needed to strengthen its local technology and application support to meet the increasing demand for advanced microphone applications in the Greater China region. The new advanced testing lab facility in Taiwan will allow ST to work even more closely with key customers and partners in the region, optimising the quality of their products at all levels and developing innovative applications with excellent audio performance.
ST’s new advanced MEMS Microphone Lab offers capabilities to conduct all-level audio performance testing on components (microphone or acoustic components) to modules and systems, including smart phones, tablets, notebooks, TVs, and remote controls, ensuring superior recording and sound quality, shorter debugging period, and faster time to market for end applications.
Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST’s Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group explains that good application design demands comprehensive testing; ST therefore always makes sure that their customers and partners have the most complete set of tools necessary to create those designs. He adds that the investment in the new testing facility confirms the company’s commitment to support the increasing demand for MEMS microphone applications and represents a boost for the MEMS microphone market growth.
Home to a number of top-tier global ODMs (Original Design Manufacturer) and some of the world’s largest EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) companies, Taiwan is also the world’s second largest producer of IT products. Taiwan’s comprehensive semiconductor industry supply chain from integrated-circuit (IC) design and manufacturing to packaging and testing accounts for almost 70 percent of the world’s contract IC chip output and a quarter of the global IC design market, making it the ideal location for ST’s advanced MEMS microphone facility.
Equipped with the APx525 family audio analyser from Audio Precision, ST’s new MEMS Microphone Lab in Taiwan complies with the ISO 3744/3745 industrial acoustic standard and environmental noise regulation, as well as Intel’s Speech and Voice Recognition Standard.