11 Oct xMEMS Announces World’s First True MEMS Speaker, Montara, Is Now in Production
Fabricated by Foundry Partner TSMC, Montara Will Be First Adopted by Inventec Appliances Corp in Their Chiline Flagship TR-X TWS Earbuds
Santa Clara, CA., October 11, 2021 – xMEMS Labs today announced the production of the world’s first monolithic MEMS µspeaker, Montara. Working closely with TSMC, the world’s leading semiconductor foundry, Montara has passed all required performance and reliability qualifications. Inventec Appliances Corp (IAC) also announces their own brand, Chiline, will be the first to take advantage of Montara to build the highest performance, most robust TWS earbuds with their new flagship product.
Inventec Appliances Corp. (IAC) introduces Chiline TR-X, the world’s first TWS earbuds to use xMEMS’ Montara monolithic MEMS µspeaker and companion Aptos piezo audio driver IC. With Montara, TR-X delivers impressive spatial audio performance and new levels of midrange/treble clarity and presence. TR-X will be available for purchase at https://www.chiline.com starting in March 2022.
xMEMS’ Montara is the world’s first monolithic MEMS speaker, implementing both actuation and diaphragm in silicon resulting in an unmatched level of part-to-part consistency in frequency response and phase. Montara’s fast mechanical response results in the industry’s lowest group delay and phase shift. For manufacturers, these characteristics reduce calibration and speaker matching. The 1mm profile, SMT-ready package and IP58 rating for dust/water simplify system design, integration, and assembly. Montara is qualified to both IEC, and the more stringent JEDEC standards for improved quality and reliability. Consumers will benefit from amazing spatial audio experiences, enhanced audio fidelity with raised levels of clarity and detail, and waterproof earbuds.
”We are pleased to have TSMC as our strategic foundry partner and value the collaboration commercializing our True MEMS speakers with their advanced MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) technology,” said Joseph Jiang, xMEMS co-founder and CEO. “We are also thankful to IAC as a key manufacturing partner and for their vision in seeing MEMS as the future of µspeakers. We look forward to creating a legacy of successful designs with many joint OEM partners.”
“TSMC is glad to see the results of our close collaboration with xMEMS in delivery of this world’s first monolithic speaker with our MEMS technology,” said Dr. Paul Rousseau, senior director of the Field Technical Solutions Division, TSMC North America. “TSMC has long partnered with industry innovators to extend MEMS applications from traditional motion sensing to microphone, bio-sensing, microspeaker, and medical ultrasound actuators. We will continue to make substantial efforts to develop more advanced MEMS technology to enable customers to create new products for new applications and quickly launch their product innovations to market.”
“IAC has been a key manufacturing partner to many of the innovators of TWS earbuds and we pride ourselves on being early adopters of new technologies, like MEMS µspeakers, that keep us on the leading edge,” said David Ho, president at IAC. “Starting with Chiline TR-X, we are creating a new category of hearables products with unique and premium sound quality aligned to current and future spatial audio applications while also taking advantage of improved ease-of-manufacturability, both made possible with xMEMS technology.”
About xMEMS Labs, Inc.
Founded in January 2018, xMEMS Labs is reinventing sound with the world’s first monolithic True MEMS speaker for TWS and other personal audio devices. xMEMS has 34 granted patents and over 100 patents pending for its technology. The company is dedicated to designing advanced solutions and applications with MEMS technology for a range of consumer electronics devices. For more information, visit https://xmems.com.