Kionix / ROHM Semiconductor
Kionix is a leading supplier in the global market for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) inertial sensors for the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial and healthcare sectors. Offering one of the industry’s broadest families of MEMS devices, Kionix products include 3-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes, 6-axis combination products, and mixed signal interface integrated circuits. Augmenting its broad array of inertial sensors, Kionix also provides development tools and application support to enable a motion-based gaming; user-interface functionality in mobile handsets, tablets, personal navigation systems and TV remote controllers; and hard-disk-drive drop protection in laptops and other mobile products.
Kionix is a privately-held company founded in 1993. The Company pioneered high-aspect ratio silicon micromachining based on research originally conducted at Cornell University, and today enjoys a global reputation for MEMS product design, process engineering, and high-quality, high-volume manufacturing. Kionix’s proprietary technology offers tremendous flexibility in designing new MEMS inertial sensors.
Kionix was acquired by ROHM Co., Ltd. of Japan on November 16, 2009. Kionix is able to leverage ROHM’s resources as a leading semiconductor company in order to advance its technology, sustain its growth while reducing costs, and expand its global reach through an established and thriving international customer base. The Company continues to operate as Kionix and its products continue to be produced primarily at its headquarters in Ithaca, New York, USA. Kionix’s commitment to customers in sales, development support, integration expertise, and pricing remains paramount.
ROHM is an industry leader in system LSI, discrete components and module products, utilizing the latest in semiconductor technology. ROHM’s proprietary production system includes the latest automation equipment and processes, keeping it at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry. In addition to electronic components, ROHM offers customized product development through a comprehensive, seamless manufacturing system focused on quality, using production equipment designed and built completely in-house. ROHM employs highly-skilled engineers with expertise in all aspects of design, development and production, allowing ROHM the flexibility to take on a wide range of applications and projects and the capability to serve customers in the automotive, telecommunication and computer sectors as well as consumer OEMs.