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October 09, 2012

Sand 9 Selects IBM

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Sand 9 is a company that provides advanced MEMS resonators. The company has introduced various products for communications timing applications with the help of its universal resonator process flow. Silicon MEMS technology has various benefits when compared to conventional quartz crystal.

Recently, the company chose IBM (News - Alert) to customize the integrated circuit (IC) portion of its micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) timing products.

By selecting IBM, Sand 9 is looking to strengthen its presence in the multi-billion dollar market for timing devices. There is lot of scope for improvement in this field as these devices have been generally working with quartz crystals. Sand 9’s timing products offer considerable performance benefits when compared to traditional quartz crystals. These products fit perfectly into chipsets and this is a blessing for products that are always struggling to save space in their devices.

Sand 9’s timing products are the first MEMS devices that cater to the strict phase noise and short-term stability needs for wireless and wired applications, as they make use of piezoelectric actuation, the company has stated.

“With the addition of IBM Specialty Foundry to the Sand 9 supply chain, we gain many tangible benefits,” said Vince Graziani, CEO, Sand 9. “IBM’s extensive design experience, high-performance process technology, and high-volume capacity are critical to delivering thoroughly vetted products for precision-timing applications. Our relationship with IBM is one more reason why we are able to meet the performance and volume requirements of even the most demanding customers.”

Recently, the company unveiled its second-quarter 2012 earnings results. For these results, the uncertain global economy was a challenging backdrop. The company’s second-quarter earnings were reportedly increased six percent in spite of a downturn in revenue because of Europe's economic problems. This announcement reflects IBM’s 38th consecutive quarter and the company’s earnings have improved from the previous year.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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