This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Advantest Enters MEMS Relay Market (Photo: Business Wire)

Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE) today announced that it will begin shipments of MEMS relay samples in April 2012. Advantest developed these relays for use in semiconductor testing equipment, high-speed communications devices, high-frequency wave measurement equipment and components therein.
Advantest Enters MEMS Relay Market (Photo: Business Wire)

Advantest Enters MEMS Relay Market (Photo: Business Wire)

At present, high-frequency wave relays typically use electromagnetic or electrostatic actuation. Electromagnetic relays are big and have high power consumption. Electrostatic relays are easily affected by static electricity in the atmosphere and have high actuation voltage. Using piezoelectric actuation, Advantest’s MEMS relays solve these issues. Using Advantest’s proprietary deposition technology, the relay features a piezoelectric film only 1 micron thick, which is required to run low actuation voltage. The relay also has high reliability, using contact-point control technology honed in Advantest’s semiconductor testing equipment. The relay is smaller and uses less power than electromagnetic relays, and is superior over electrostatic relays in terms of environmental susceptibility and actuation voltage. Also, using Advantest’s high-frequency measurement technology, the relay can handle up to 20GHz high-frequency transmission.

Mass production is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

Going forward, in addition to the semiconductor testing area, Advantest will continue to introduce groundbreaking solutions in other fields such as automotive and pharmaceutical /medical care.

Product Highlights
1.   Small sized; chip thickness of 0.9mm
2. High-frequency transmission of up to 20GHz
3. Low actuation voltage of 12V

Specifications (for reference)
  Frequency range:   DC~20GHz
Actuation voltage: 12V
Contact point: SPDT
Size: 2 types – 5.4 X 4.2 X 0.9mm, 2.9 X 3.4 X 0.9mm
Isolation: >20dB (~20GHz)
Insertion loss: <1dB (~20GHz)
Characteristic impedance: 50Ω

Main applications: Semiconductor testing equipment, high-speed communications devices, high-frequency testing equipment and components therein

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%
YHOO $36.60 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs