Rakon, a New Zealand based provider of frequency control solutions, announced this week that MEMS technology is being utilized to develop new products to further broaden the company's oscillator product portfolio and capabilities. Rakon's Managing Director, Brent Robinson says the company has looked into the technology for many years and the timing is now right to further diversify its offering to include MEMS based oscillators.
"We have always believed that MEMS has a place. Rakon is a global frequency control solutions provider, offering a complete and diversified product portfolio into multiple high growth markets. The addition of MEMS technology into our portfolio complements the existing range and enables us to fulfill further customer requirements within new and existing markets that are synergistic with Rakon's value proposition," Robinson said.
The addition of MEMS products supports Rakon's growth in telecommunications, smart wireless devices and high reliability markets, as well as fuels growth in networking, storage, servers, portable electronics, consumer and computing applications.
Rakon's Sales and Marketing Director, Darren Robinson says the decision was initially driven by responding to key customer demands. "The next generation of our customers' applications will continue to require the performance and cost that only quartz crystals can deliver, but there are applications well served by the unique attributes of MEMS. Rakon is renowned as a technology leader so offering both crystal and MEMS products enables Rakon to advise our customers, without bias, the best solutions that address the requirements of their specific applications."
Rakon has begun sampling oscillators using MEMS to select customers, with volume production ramping up in the fourth quarter of 2012.
A provider of frequency control solutions, Rakon's timing chips are used in consumer electronics devices (such as smartphones, tablets and GPS products), telecommunications infrastructure, as well as aerospace and defence. Rakon offers a broad frequency control product range which includes crystals and oscillators: VCXOs, TCXOs, and OCXOs with rubidium-equivalent performance.
Rakon currently has 2,150 employees worldwide and reported revenues of approximately $180 million in the 2011 fiscal year.
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