November 14, 2006
Vectron and Discera to Drive New Era of MEMS Timing Devices
World Leading Frequency Control and Timing Solutions and MEMS Oscillator Vendors to Co-Develop Small, High Precision Components
— Discera, Inc., a world leader in CMOS MEMS resonator technology and provider of
next-generation timing solutions, and Vectron International, a world leader in innovative frequency control and
timing solutions, announced today at the electronica Show that they will work together to make MEMS oscillators
a reality for electronics manufacturers.
CMOS MEMS-based resonators are a truly disruptive technology that enable electronics companies to remove
scalability and cost obstacles that face customers today. MEMS technology overcomes some of today's existing
challenges while opening the doorway to tomorrow's previously impossible applications through microfabrication
technology. MEMS promises to revolutionize nearly every product category by bringing together silicon-based
microelectronics with micromachining technology. By using CMOS MEMS Oscillators, manufacturers of consumer
electronics, hard disc drives, and other devices will realize a number of benefits including reduced footprint
requirements, shorter lead times, robust construction, and lower power. Additionally the technology can be
advanced to support high precision applications.
"We believe MEMS oscillators are an important part of the future of the frequency control market,"
said Ed Grant, vice president, North America products and operations, Vectron. "While the promise of MEMS
oscillators has been around a long time, no vendor has been able to prove their reliability and
manufacturability. We believe Discera is uniquely positioned to deliver on this promise. We look forward to
working together with Discera, utilizing our complementary skills to create industry defining products."
Discera's PureSiliconT™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that can be used in
creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor consumer electronics, and telecommunications products
such as oscillators, filters and RF components. Discera's PureSilicon CMOS MEMS Resonator-based timing
products offer significant advantages in size, power and cost along with exceptional quality and reliability.
During electronica, Discera will demonstrate its technology in the Vectron booth located at Hall B5, booth 237.
Discera will be displaying video output from a standard camcorder that has its traditional crystal oscillator
replaced with Discera's MEMS oscillator.
"We are very excited about working with Vectron," said Venkat Bahl, vice president of marketing,
Discera, Inc. "Working with Vectron, an industry leader, lends tremendous momentum to the MEMS oscillator
world in general, and Discera in particular. The two companies are ideally positioned in the market to leverage
each others' strengths towards creating and strengthening a market dominating position."
Discera is a fabless analog semiconductor company that offers tiny, high performance silicon resonators for
the frequency and timing control markets. These resonators act as the heatbeat or pulse for a variety of
devices from consumer products such as cameras and MP3 players to specialized equipment for the military.
The company's PureSilicon™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that offers, according
to Semico Research, ™a better mousetrap™ for creating fully integrated, low cost, small form
factor wireline and wireless products, such as oscillators, filters, and RF components. Unlike crystal based
oscillators, Discera's PureSilicon™ based CMOS oscillators can be integrated into other CMOS based
circuits. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Discera is a privately held company with
investments from Ardesta, Partech, 3i, and Qualcomm Ventures. More information is available
About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor,
and Hybrid Product solutions using the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic
wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Products include crystals and crystal oscillators;
frequency translators; clock and data recovery products; SAW filters and components used in telecommunications,
data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems.
The company is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe