Let's hear what Alan Evans of Unisem has to say:
Q: It’s our round – what are you having?
A: Thank you – I’d love a pint of IPA please.
I’m travelling quite a lot these days spreading the good word about Unisem’s world class MEMS packaging capability and like a good IPA I need to stay well preserved for my long journeys overseas.
Q: A great picture is worth a thousand words – please show us yours.
A: A busy die attach production area in one of our MEMS production lines and a sample of various MEMS packages we produce.
Q: What’s hot in MEMS and sensors and what is your company’s role in it?
A: Unisem first got into MEMS as a company in 2007 when we developed packaging for a MEMS microphone. Today the microphone market is booming and predicted to double in size by volume over the next 5 years with the majority of growth being in High Definition microphones. Unisem has packaging solutions for both bottom port and direct top port microphones that can support this increase in HD demand.
Q: Where is the MEMS and sensors industry heading, and how are you engaging the MEMS and sensors supply chain?
A: Unisem is an OSAT, a sub-contract semiconductor assembly and test service provider with several years’ experience in volume MEMS packaging. The MEMS and sensor industry is growing very quickly and we believe that supporting this growth, and taking the knowledge and experience we have to help others grow, is strategically important to us.
Q: What the biggest hurdle limiting MEMS commercialization?
A: Well a few years ago I would have said from a packaging point of view it was the lack of standardization and the resulting cost, but today I think these things are behind us. For the majority of mainstream products, such as consumer and automotive inertial and pressure sensors, there are very good packaging solutions that utilize standard volume semiconductor equipment and processes and therefore can give the economies of scale required to allow MEMS products to grow competitively and be successful.
Q: What are one or two MEMS and sensors products you can’t live without and why?
A: Fitness tracker – I lead a sedentary lifestyle, sat at my desk, sat in my car, sat in a plane, sat in a meeting etc. it’s very easy to let another day slip by without any meaningful exercise and my fitness tracker lets me know how I’m doing and prompts me to get up and meet targets without being rude about it like my wife is.
Q: What are the MEMS and sensors products you can’t wait to see?
A: There are so many possibilities opening up with the development of new and improved sensor technology - limited only by our imaginations. For me the products I’m most positive about, and the ones that I think will have the biggest effect on everyday life, are the health monitoring and medical diagnostic ones.
So for example on a personal level my mother who is now in her 80’s lives by herself out in the country, she doesn’t want to come and live with me, her independence is important to her but we both know that sometime soon something needs to change. Think how much more peace of mind there would be for us and many others in a similar situation around the world if my mums condition of health was being constantly monitored and reported back to her local doctor and/or myself. This is not a unique story it’s probably something we will all come across at some point and I think a good example of MEMS and sensor technology improving the world we live in.
Q: Anything special you wish to comment on to the MIG newsletter audience?
A: Just to say – Thank you MIG for giving me the opportunity to say a little about Unisem. I’m looking forward to that pint of IPA next time I see you.
For more information on Unisem and our MEMS assembly and test capability please see our website www.unisemgroup.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org