STMicroelectronics and OQmented To Collaborate on Advanced MEMS Scanning Solutions

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The agreement focuses on increasing development and capacity for ultra-compact, low-power laser-beam scanners to expand the market

Global semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics and OQmented, a deep-tech startup focused on MEMS-mirror technology, have agreed to collaborate on the advancement of the technology for Augmented Reality and 3D-sensing markets. 

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The joint effort aims to build on the expertise of both companies to advance the technology and products behind the leading MEMS1-mirror-based laser-beam scanning (LBS) solutions in the market, the company said in an official statement. 

STMicroelectronics is contributing its vast MEMS design and manufacturing resources to the collaboration.

“To this foundation, OQmented, is moving to further industrialize and mass produce its Bubble MEMS technology, a patented 3D glass-encapsulation approach to hermetic vacuum sealing of the MEMS micro-mirrors. Sealing with these unique glass bubbles eliminates environmental contaminants and minimizes light-refraction effects. These resonant mirrors are well suited for display and 3D-sensing applications in mobile devices,” the statement added. 

Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, CEO/CTO and co-founder, OQmented, said, “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.”

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.

 “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,” said 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,” he further added. 

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