Micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) timing devices can now be fabricated atop a customer's existing CMOS chip to eliminate the need for separate quartz crystals, according to Silicon Clocks. The company is already licensing its technology to CMOS chip makers so they can add timing capabilities to their own designs, and now it has Silicon Labs--the analog chip experts--to market the technology worldwide. Look for C-MEMS chips from various vendors by 2010. R.C.J.
Silicon Clocks Inc., a Fremont, Calif., fabless vendor of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) timing chips, has landed $10.3 million in a Series C financing round led by new investor Silicon Labs (Austin, Texas) joined previous investors Charles River Ventures, Formative Ventures, Lux Capital and Tallwood Venture Capital. Silicon Clocks' will use the money to ramp up production of its J-Series phase-locked loop technology, which produces low-jitter oscillators in the 100- to 700-MHz range using a proprietary CMEMS (CMOS + MEMS) process.