Scottish Start-Up Achieves a Major Technical Breakthrough in RF MEMS Technology

Scottish Start-Up Achieves a Major Technical Breakthrough in RF MEMS Technology

Sofant Technologies, a leader in the development of RF MEMS technology plans to accelerate its commercial roadmap, bringing volume manufacturing to the market within the next two years. The Scottish company has overcome a significant challenge and achieved a major technical breakthrough to make this possible.

The benefits of RF MEMS for radio applications have been understood by system designers for decades. However, the technology has historically suffered from reliability problems which caused devices to fail prematurely and prevented widespread adoption of the technology.

In its most recent batch of products, Sofant’s development team achieved 25 billion cycles on production prototypes which were supplied by its volume foundry partner. The devices showed no signs of failure during the tests conducted by the Sofant team..

Commenting on the milestone, David Wither, CEO of Sofant Technologies, said, “RF MEMS have been a promising technology for more than 20 years with hundreds of millions of pounds invested by companies from all over the world. However, the technology has struggled to reach the market with reliability being its single biggest hurdle. Our latest testing is a critical milestone for the commercialization of our technology, overcoming the final major technical risk. Solving the reliability problems that the market has faced for decades puts Sofant on a direct path to commercialization."

Sofant had previously achieved reliability on devices from two separate development lots exceeding 15 billion and 20 billion cycles, respectively. The latest results demonstrate Sofant’s ability to produce a highly reliable RF MEMS device using conventional high volume semiconductor manufacturing processes. This means the technology can scale and puts Sofant in a strong competitive position. They expect to begin volume production within two years.

Sofant Technologies has used low loss MEMS technology to addresses several technical challenges facing the future of wireless communication. It aims to revolutionize satellite communications and to make ultra-broadband 5G a reality. Its technology promises to reduce power consumption by more than 70 percent and eliminate problems with overheating.

Click here to read about the RF MEMS based Antenna Prototype project.

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