MEMS Foundry

Philips Innovation Services operates a state-of-the-art 2650 m2 pure-play MEMS Foundry on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This MEMS Foundry is specialized in low to medium volume custom MEMS manufacturing. When off-the-shelf components do not meet your requirements, and you consider having a custom MEMS device especially made for you, you come to us.

About our pure-play MEMS Foundry

We’ve been around for over 40 years. We’re born out of Philips Research and have matured into a pure-play MEMS Foundry. We now work for a wide range of technology leaders, mainly medium to large and growing high-tech enterprises. What our customers value about our pure-play MEMS Foundry is our responsiveness to change requests, and our ability to provide creative out-of-the-box solutions for the ‘seemingly impossible’. We work with ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 quality systems.

MEMS wafer types

MEMS manufacturing of 4, 6, 8 inch and even square substrates. The MEMS Foundry offers the flexibility to use substrate materials like silicon, SOI, GaAs, glass, quartz and CMOS-wafers. At the foundry we offer services with high quality and reliability: advanced process development, prototyping, and low to medium volume manufacturing.

An impression of our 2650m2 MEMS Foundry  

MEMS Foundry process capabilities

MEMS foundry Philips Innovation Services detailed process capabilities

  • We deliver more than 15,000 wafers per year from our ISO 5, 6 and 7 class cleanroom (equivalent to 100 – 10,000 FED standard class)
  • We offer the flexibility to work with materials ranging from Ag to Zn, including ‘CMOS-forbidden’ materials, alloys, dielectrics and polymers like parylene.

Download the full specifications list on our process capabilities ›

MEMS Foundry floorplan

Take a look at the floorplan of our 2650 m2 pure-play MEMS Foundry to see the layout of wet processing, lithography, deposition & plasma etching, furnaces, metrology, grinding & back-end processing areas.

Check the MEMS foundry floorplan ›

A practical guide to select a MEMS partner

Choosing the right MEMS partner to suit your specific needs can be a challenge.
To help you make the right choice, we have indentified 8 key selection criteria which can act as your guide through the MEMS marketplace.

  • How to prepare yourself for a MEMS project
  • What to expect when starting a MEMS project
  • Top 8 selection criteria to ask your potential MEMS partner
  • A practical guide to define your requirements
  • MEMS partner types – find the partner that fits best for you
  • Additional information on how to make the guide work for you
Why work with us MEMS foundry

Why work with our pure-play MEMS Foundry?

  • The flexibility in working together
  • Our responsiveness to change requests
  • Our ability to provide creative out-of-the-box solutions for the ‘seemingly impossible’ – a capability developed from working with Philips Research for over 40 years
  • Manufacturing MEMS devices under ISO 13485 and 9001
  • 2650 m2 state-of-the-art cleanroom of class 100 – 10,000 (ISO class 5-7)
  • Flexibility to work with materials ranging from Ag to Zn, including ‘CMOS-forbidden’ materials, alloys, dielectrics and polymers like parylene
  • Flexibility to work with Si, III/V, GaAs, glass, quartz, square and round substrates, up to 8”

How we handle your MEMS Foundry project

Our process is designed to ensure confidentiality and secure your satisfaction on the required outcome, right from the start.

Needs assessment phase

After your request for information, we talk about what you want and need. We also discuss what we can do and deliver. Typically a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) will be signed to enable the exchange of confidential information. Then we will have calls, visits and in-depth technical discussions involving our experts, who have high levels of seniority and experience. In this way we get to know each other and establish whether we are a good match. A project proposal and a formal quotation with terms and conditions (GTC) complete this phase.

Project phase

With these MEMS Foundry services we cover the design, development and delivery phases of a MEMS project. Starting with your formal ‘go’, we run a phase-gated process development project, with the following three main phases:

MEMS proof of concept

In the early stages we deliver a preliminary MEMS manufacturing process flow. Further staps are taken to determine manufacturability of the MEMS device, followed by the implementation of the MEMS Foundry process flow, functional samples and most likely some iterations. This will get us to a MEMS proof of concept.

MEMS proof of concept

MEMS process development

Your MEMS proof of concept needs to be further developed into a device that is ready for manufacturing with constant quality and yield. So the next step is to develop a MEMS manufacturing process flow. At the MEMS Foundry we develop a process flow ready for manufacturing, and provide you with devices for verification of its functionality and quality.

MEMS process development

MEMS manufacturing

We manufacture your devices according to your specifications. Your annual order volumes may range from 10 to 5,000 wafers. Statistical process control are standard. Multiple production runs are used to iron out any significant quality or yield issues, resulting in a MEMS manufacturing process delivering high quality, repeatability and reliability.

MEMS manufacturing

Key application areas

New digital printing application areas, breakthrough technology & cost advantage with custom thin-film MEMS inkjet printheads.

Manufacturing of devices like meshes, nozzles, jets, channels, barriers and complete functional chips.

Breakthrough applications for ultrasound, complementing conventional technology with advantages.

Lithography down to 0.5 μm feature size; material deposition by sputtering, evaporation, LP and PECVD, and both (D)RIE and wet etching.

What our customers value

“Partnering up with Philips Innovation Services has been a very pleasant experience. Working in one team really contributed to great outcomes.”

Massimiliano Migliarelli
Senior project manager D&E
ASML

“Philips Innovation Services has specialized process knowledge that yielded a tight control over critical features of our device.”

Chas Andre
CSO and co-founder
Depixus

“Microfluidics require a very high level of design specification and precision, and I have seen the quality of Philips Innovation Services is very good.”

Nathalie Douillet
Technology innovation lead
GlaxoSmithKline

“We enjoyed working with the team members from Philips Innovation Services. We are impressed by the technical competency and project management capability of your team.”

Hui Huang
Senior Scientist
Immucor Inc.

By working both with medical and high-tech companies, we keep our expertise at the highest level.

MEMS Foundry location 

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Robbert van der Waal, Sales director MEMS foundry, Philips Innovation Services

Robbert van der Waal
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