ST and OQmented partner on advancing MEMS mirror technology

STMicroelectronics Pty Ltd

Monday, 12 April, 2021


ST and OQmented partner on advancing MEMS mirror technology

Semiconductor company STMicroelectronics has agreed to collaborate with OQmented, a deep-tech start-up focused on MEMS mirror technology, on the advancement of the technology for augmented reality and 3D-sensing markets.

The joint effort aims to build on the expertise of both companies to advance the technology and products behind the leading MEMS-mirror-based laser-beam scanning (LBS) solutions in the market. As a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of a broad portfolio of MEMS sensors, actuators and related components, ST is contributing its vast MEMS design and manufacturing resources to the collaboration.

To this foundation, OQmented is moving to further industrialise and mass-produce its Bubble MEMS technology, a patented 3D glass-encapsulation approach to hermetic vacuum sealing of the MEMS micromirrors. Sealing with these glass bubbles eliminates environmental contaminants and minimises light-refraction effects. In fact, vacuum sealing is a key element for meeting automotive-grade requirements, while simultaneously reducing power consumption by an order of magnitude and enhancing performance for resonant, bi-axial scanners, where the MEMS mirrors move in both axes at their resonant frequency, creating an ultracompact and power-efficient scanning solution. These resonant mirrors are suitable for display and 3D-sensing applications in mobile devices.

“In teaming with ST, we’ve chosen a solid semiconductor partner that has demonstrated its leading position in design and manufacturing of MEMS products, particularly MEMS mirrors, over the past 20 years,” said Dr Ulrich Hofmann, CEO/CTO and co-founder of OQmented. “Combining ST’s expertise in developing, marketing and manufacturing key components for laser-beam scanning solutions with OQmented’s knowledge and intellectual property will contribute greatly to our product offering, manufacturing capacity and marketing channels, while also expanding the market in numerous application areas.”

“Our goal in working with OQmented is to leverage our shared expertise and deep understanding of LBS technologies with the mutual vision to continue the adoption and growth of LBS in key applications, such as augmented reality and 3D sensing,” added Anton Hofmeister, Vice President and General Manager MEMS Microactuator Division, STMicroelectronics. “This collaboration further strengthens ST’s position as a world leader in LBS solutions and expands its market outreach to additional opportunities through the company’s product portfolio of MEMS mirrors and associated components, including ST’s MEMS drivers, controllers and laser diode drivers.”

From this joint effort, ST and OQmented plan to market a wide range of scanning solutions. These would include MEMS mirrors, MEMS drivers and controllers, and complete reference designs of laser-beam scanning engines for a range of applications. In addition, the companies intend to collaborate on an LBS roadmap and in the development of future technologies and products.

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