Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Philip Stephanou
CTO Harmonic Devices

Harmonic Devices' Piezo MEMS Vision for RF Communications

Harmonic Devices, Inc. (HDI) is a revolutionary semiconductor device startup based on research breakthroughs made at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California at Berkeley. Contemporary trends in the market for wireless communication devices have created a burgeoning demand for highly integrated, multi-band filtering solutions. HDI’s proprietary filtering and clock synthesis technology delivers new levels of component miniaturization, integration and performance, enabling smaller form factors, longer battery life, and lower costs. For its initial target market, mobile phones and other portable wireless handsets, HDI will introduce the world’s first silicon chip integrating radio frequency (RF) filters for multiple cellular bands. This talk will review the evolution of electromechanical resonators for bandpass filtering applications, describe the current state-of-the-art and promising emerging technologies, and explain the unique competitive advantages of HDI’s piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) contour mode (whose frequency is determined by lithographically defined dimensions) resonator technology. Harmonic Devices is looking for venture capital investors with expertise in the semiconductor space, relationships with potential customers, and a passion for building great companies.