Cephasonics Ultrasound and the Philips MEMS Foundry announced a relationship to collaborate on expanding the market for Philips CMUT devices and expand support for development of new CMUT ultrasound applications. Through this relationship, Cephasonics and the Philips MEMS Foundry will jointly develop and implement programs to make it easier for developers to evaluate CMUT technology as well as build new CMUT-based applications with an out-of-the-box development solution.
As part of the collaboration, Cephasonics Ultrasound and Philips MEMS Foundry are bundling a complete CMUT-ready ultrasound development platform based on the Cephasonics ultrasound system and the Philips CMUT devises that can be used to evaluate and build next generation commercial CMUT ultrasound applications more quickly. This is generally not feasible with traditional ultrasound systems since application developers can face significant challenges integrating all the right system components before they can even begin working on new application concepts. This collaboration between Cephasonics Ultrasound and the Philips MEMS Foundry will reduce the barriers and time frame for developers to begin creating new CMUT applications.
According to Paul Bekkers, business development manager for CMUT devices at Philips MEMS Foundry, “CMUT devices represent a significant new market opportunity to develop lower cost and higher performance ultrasound systems and that the new CMUT support from Cephasonics will help provide a complete CMUT ultrasound development platform making it easier for developers to create new CMUT-based solutions.”
Randall Whiting, VP at Cephasonics said “We’re very excited about working with the Philips MEMS Foundry on both programs to promote CMUTs as well as integrating Philips CMUT devices with the Cephasonics ultrasound platform. We believe the relationship between Philips MEMS Foundry and Cephasonics will provide the quickest way to develop and commercialize new CMUT-based ultrasound systems in the market.”
CMUTs – capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers – is a breakthrough ultrasound technology. CMUT transducers are MEMS based structures that can be used to transmit and receive acoustic signals in the ultrasonic range. CMUTs enable breakthrough applications for ultrasound technology in a diverse range of industries such as medical, microscopy, inkjet printing and testing among others. Compared to conventional technology, CMUT ultrasound transducers convey numerous advantages such as large bandwidth, easy fabrication of large arrays, and integration with driver circuitry: CMUT-on-CMOS.
Philips’ CMUT technology enables high volume ultrasound transducer manufacturing and high levels of integration at a lower cost. Their CMUT technology platform shortens design cycles and therefore your time-to-market. The relationship between the Philips MEMS Foundry and Cephasonics will provide the quickest way to develop and commercialize new CMUT-based ultrasound solutions.
Cephasonics’ ultrasound technology provides a wide range of ultrasound engines with high performance and low noise designed for product development, OEM and research applications. Cephasonics’ open architecture and flexible embedded-ultrasound provides unique access to comprehensive scanning data for AI applications. They also provide open development tools that empowers customers to quickly create and commercialize innovative new ultrasound applications. Cephasonics is creating new approaches to how and where ultrasound can be used based on expanded real-time access to data.
About Philips MEMS Foundry:
The Philips MEMs Foundry, a part of Philips Engineering Solutions, designs, develops, and manufactures custom microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and assembles micro devices. Their 140 experts working at the MEMS Foundry and Micro Devices Facility follow a phase-gated approach to demonstrate the feasibility and give proof of concept, develop the process to the required maturity level and manufacture your devices with the right quality.
Find more information on the Philips CMUT solutions at https://www.engineeringsolutions.philips.com/cmut