Fabio Quaglia joined ST as an R&D IC design engineer shortly after obtaining his master’s degree in electronics from the University of Pavia in 2001. In 2006, he took leadership of design and industrialization of ultrasound drivers and began managing ultrasound research collaboration with universities in 2009, as well as taking the technical lead of several European funded programs surrounding new MEMS-based ultrasonic devices. In 2016, Fabio joined the Microactuators division to head the PMUT technology platform development program. Fabio has authored more than 20 articles and has lodged 15 patents.
PMUT: Sparking a Breakthrough in Ultrasound Application
We know from history that new applications often need advances in technology to become viable. Today, predictive models for industrial, medical and consumer contexts rely on continuous streams of status data from many points and sources for sufficient accuracy, and Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (PMUTs) integrated with electronics in tiny modules may well be the solution to these needs.
Ultrasound applications across numerous fields can benefit from Piezo MEMS actuators, with next generation PMUT promising an exciting new technology that merges ultrasound and thin-film piezo layers. This project is part of the Piezo MEMS roadmap in the “Lab-in-Fab” facility, a brand new Singapore-based MEMS R&D center. This center is jointly operated by ST, IME and ULVAC and open for collaboration with industrial or academic partners.
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