… are a premier semiconductor sensor company developing and manufacturing MEMS-based pressure sensors.
… serve challenging applications in the automotive, medical, and industrial markets.
… develop unique products for applications requiring ultra-low pressure ranges, extraordinary robustness in harsh environments, and extremely small size.
… have an integrated business model with in-house manufacturing in Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA, USA) enables industry-leading quality and process control while offering high levels of service and flexibility.
… are a member of global ELMOS Group, offering proven solutions to a range of industries, based on mixed-signal application-specific standard products (ASSPs) and ICs (ASICs), and sensor systems.
SMI has been a key player in the pressure sensor industry for more than two decades. Founded in in Fremont, California, USA, as a commercial source of high-performance silicon pressure sensors and accelerometers, its first product was a silicon sensor for very low-pressure applications that was about 20 times more sensitive than competing parts.
SMI was acquired by ELMOS Semiconductor AG after proving its low pressure technology and strong customer base. The new ownership enabled SMI to launch its next-generation pressure sensor products, including higher-performance, system-level sensors, as well as co-integrated and bus-addressable digital products for pressure sensing.
SMI relocates to Milpitas, California/USA, acquiring IC Sensors' wafer fab operations and wafer R&D group.
SMI secures its first major automotive design wins based on its integrated business model and insourcing of key production steps.
SMI earns ISO9001:2000 certification and increases capacity, supported by additional design wins in the demanding automotive and medical markets.
SMI earns ISO/TS 16949 certification for its MEMS production line, enabling the company to continue supporting the stringent requirements of the automotive pressure sensor industry through standardized production processes.
Rainer Cholewa joins the executive management team as President and CEO to oversee growth.
During his tenure Rainer builds a strong team and develops the company culture. SMI focuses on its unique experience in the pressure sensor field and improves overall product quality and production efficiency. Using the location of SMI’s fab in Silicon Valley as a competitive advantage enabled investments of several million dollars. SMI sees significant double digit growth under Rainer’s leadership and expands its premier position in the automotive, medical, and industrial markets.
About the ELMOS Group
SMI is part of a global portfolio of companies owned by ELMOS Semiconductor AG in Germany. The ELMOS Group specializes in development and production of semiconductor system-based solutions for a wide range of applications. Products and capabilities include standard and custom integrated circuits (ICs), sensors, complete microsystem development, and advanced assembly and packaging. ELMOS Group offices and facilities are located across four continents.
SMI is a proud member of the following organizations: