SOURCE: Akustica

August 01, 2006 11:29 ET

Trade Journals Hail Akustica's Microphone Chip as 'Technology of Tomorrow'

AKU2000 Named One of the Most Innovative Products of 2006

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 --Akustica's single-chip silicon microphones, introduced this past February, are one of the year's 25 notable "technologies of tomorrow," according to two respected trade journals. The editors of R&D Magazine and its newsletter MICRO/NANO have singled out Akustica's first product, the tiny AKU2000 Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) microelectromechanical (MEMS) microphone, as a technology most "likely to have the largest impact on their specific industries and societies."

The Akustica AKU2000 microphone is the world's first and only single-chip digital silicon microphone. These microphone chips are designed to replace the Electret Condenser Microphones (ECMs) used in billions of portable electronic devices. Akustica's CMOS MEMS digital microphones enable enhanced voice quality and provide other numerous benefits, such as immunity to interference from nearby Radio Frequency (RF) sources, to consumer electronics manufacturers.

For example, Akustica microphones are embedded in many laptop computers including the Fujitsu LifeBook Q2010 notebook. In these portable computers, the AKU2000 improves voice-enabled applications through superior voice input quality.

The MICRO/NANO 25 is the second technology award the company has won in as many months. In June, Akustica was celebrated as a SEMICON West Technology Innovation Showcase winner -- a recognition that placed its products in the company of the most innovative emerging technologies in MEMS, nanotechnology and energy.


An independent panel of experts and editors selected the top 25 micro- and nanotechnologies of 2006 for publication in the July issue of MICRO/NANO Newsletter. Selections were based upon the:

--  uniqueness of the technology
--  innovation involved in its development
--  potential value the technology provides to an industry or society
--  performance that the technology exemplifies
--  creation of new intellectual property
--  comparison to existing technologies
R&D's Micro/Nano Newsletter presents information and in-depth coverage of all the developments in the world of micromachine devices, along with new nanoscale-level technologies. More information can be found at

About Akustica

Founded in 2001, Akustica, Inc. is a privately held company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Through a revolutionary technology known as Sensory Silicon™, Akustica products enable electronic devices to sense and respond to the world around them. By leveraging standard CMOS processes and MEMS technology, Akustica acoustic system-on-chip solutions combine the functionality of microphones with microelectronics and software onto a single chip. Only Akustica's CMOS MEMS Microphone Chips -- which were pioneered by Akustica co-founder and CTO Dr. Ken Gabriel during his tenure at Carnegie Mellon University -- enable single-chip solutions with arrays of transducers and integrated signal processing that disrupt both conventional microphone and speaker technologies. Smaller and more reliable than the current crop of ECMs, silicon microphones can be customized with advanced sound capture features and noise reduction capabilities. For more information on Akustica, please contact us via phone: (412) 390-1730, Fax (412) 390-1737, email: or web:

Akustica and the Akustica logo are registered trademarks of Akustica, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. LifeBook is a trademark or registered trademark of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries.

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