Prototype to production pure-play MEMS Foundry

MEMS Foundry

Philips Innovation Services operates a state-of-the-art 2650 m2 pure-play MEMS Foundry on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This MEMS Foundry is specialized in low to medium volume custom MEMS manufacturing. When off-the-shelf components do not meet your requirements, and you consider having a custom MEMS device especially made for you, you come to us.

About our pure-play MEMS Foundry


We’ve been around for over 40 years. We’re born out of Philips Research and have matured into a pure-play MEMS Foundry. We now work for a wide range of technology leaders, mainly medium to large and growing high-tech enterprises. What our customers value about our pure-play MEMS Foundry is our responsiveness to change requests, and our ability to provide creative out-of-the-box solutions for the ‘seemingly impossible’. We work with ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 quality systems.

MEMS wafer types


MEMS manufacturing of 4, 6, 8 inch and even square substrates. The MEMS Foundry offers the flexibility to use substrate materials like silicon, SOI, GaAs, glass, quartz and CMOS-wafers. At the foundry we offer services with high quality and reliability: advanced process development, prototyping, and low to medium volume manufacturing.

MEMS foundry floorplan and video


Take a look at the floorplan of our 2650 m2 pure-play MEMS Foundry to see the layout of wet processing, lithography, deposition & plasma etching, furnaces, metrology, grinding & back-end processing areas: download the MEMS Foundry floorplan.

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MEMS Foundry process capabilities

We deliver more than 15,000 wafers per year from our ISO 5, 6 and 7 class cleanroom (equivalent to 100 – 10,000 FED standard class). And we are growing to double that output. We offer the flexibility to work with materials ranging from Ag to Zn, including ‘CMOS-forbidden’ materials, alloys, dielectrics and polymers like parylene. Please download the full specifications list on all the MEMS Foundry process capabilities.
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A practical guide to select a MEMS partner


Choosing the right MEMS partner to suit your specific needs can be a challenge.
To help you make the right choice, we have indentified 8 key selection criteria which can act as your guide through the MEMS marketplace.

How to prepare yourself for a MEMS project

What to expect when starting a MEMS project

Top 8 selection criteria to ask your potential MEMS partners

A practical guide to define your requirements

MEMS partner types – find the partner that fits best for you

Additional information on how to make the guide work for you

Our pure-play MEMS Foundry capabilities

Process capabilities (PDF)

Full specification sheet on all the process capabilities, from cleaning to wet processing.

Floorplan (PDF)


Wet processing, lithography, deposition & plasma etching, furnaces, metrology, grinding & back-end processing areas.
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Bring MEMS technology to life

Watch the video to get a good impression of how we bring MEMS technology to life.
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Customer video

Sol Voltaics AB on the robust process flow for their unique application.

How we handle your MEMS Foundry project


Our process is designed to ensure confidentiality and secure your satisfaction on the required outcome, right from the start.

Needs assessment phase


After your request for information, we talk about what you want and need. We also discuss what we can do and deliver. Typically a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) will be signed to enable the exchange of confidential information. Then we will have calls, visits and in-depth technical discussions involving our experts, who have high levels of seniority and experience. In this way we get to know each other and establish whether we are a good match. A project proposal and a formal quotation with terms and conditions (GTC) complete this phase.

Project phase


With these MEMS Foundry services we cover the design, development and delivery phases of a MEMS project. Starting with your formal ‘go’, we run a phase-gated process development project, with the following three main phases:

1. MEMS proof of concept


In the early stages we deliver a preliminary MEMS manufacturing process flow. Further staps are taken to determine manufacturability of the MEMS device, followed by the implementation of the MEMS Foundry process flow, functional samples and most likely some iterations. This will get us to a MEMS proof of concept.

2. MEMS process development


Your MEMS proof of concept needs to be further developed into a device that is ready for manufacturing with constant quality and yield. So the next step is to develop a MEMS manufacturing process flow. At the MEMS Foundry we develop a process flow ready for manufacturing, and provide you with devices for verification of its functionality and quality.

3. MEMS manufacturing


We manufacture your devices according to your specifications. Your annual order volumes may range from 10 to 5,000 wafers. Statistical process control are standard. Multiple production runs are used to iron out any significant quality or yield issues, resulting in a MEMS manufacturing process delivering high quality, repeatability and reliability.

Why work with our pure-play MEMS Foundry

The flexibility in working together

Our responsiveness to change requests

Our ability to provide creative out-of-the-box solutions for the ‘seemingly impossible’ – a capability developed from working with Philips Research for over 40 years

Manufacturing MEMS devices under ISO 13485 and 9001

2650 m2 state-of-the-art cleanroom of class 100 – 10,000 (ISO class 5-7)

Flexibility to work with materials ranging from Ag to Zn, including ‘CMOS-forbidden’ materials, alloys, dielectrics and polymers like parylene

Flexibility to work with Si, III/V, GaAs, glass, quartz, square and round substrates, up to 8”

Key applications areas


MEMS inkjet printheads

New digital printing application areas, breakthrough technology & cost advantage with custom thin-film MEMS inkjet printheads.

Microfluid applications

Microfluidic devices

Manufacturing of devices like meshes, nozzles, jets, channels, barriers and complete functional chips.

Ultrasonic transducers


Breakthrough applications for ultrasound, complementing conventional technology with advantages.
MEMS detailed capabilities

MEMS actuators

Lithography down to 0.5 μm feature size; material deposition by sputtering, evaporation, LP and PECVD, and both (D)RIE and wet etching.

Contact us about our MEMS Foundry


Robbert van der Waal

Sales director

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Philips Innovation Services 
MEMS Foundry


High Tech Campus 4
5656 AE Eindhoven