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Samsung invests multimillion dollars in Israeli startup

Posted: 31 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Israeli startup  microelectronic component  LED packaging 

South Korea's Samsung Ventures Investment Corp. has made a multi-million dollar investment in Micro Components Ltd (MLC), its first in an Israeli technology company. Samsung Electro Mechanics Co. Ltd is MCL's primary customer of LED packaging.

The startup designs, manufactures, and markets packaging for high power microelectronic components. Designed initially for the needs of the LED and backlight market, MCL's ALOX technology is claimed to offer heat dissipation to allow miniaturisation. ALOX can also be used to package RF systems, SiPs, 3D memory stacks, MEMS and high power modules and components.

The ALOX technology is based on a three layer sandwich core containing an internal aluminum layer, top and bottom copper layers with through vias and blind vias incorporated in the structure, MCL said.

MCL owns an 800m? facility, including 370m? of clean room environment (class 1,000 and 10,000), and production equipment for 6-inch substrate sizes. It also has a sales office in Phoenix, Arizona.

"As highly selective investors, we invest in highly innovative market leaders and MCL provides a breakthrough packaging technology, which positions it to become a market leader," said Jong Won Kim, Samsung Venture's VP of investment.

"As one of the industry's most respected players in semiconductor, displays, telecommunication and consumer electronics, Samsung's desire to partner with us is a tremendous validation of our technology and market positioning that we believe will assist us in our marketing and fundraising efforts," said Uri Mirsky, MCL's founder and CEO.

- Amir Ben-Artzi
EE Times Europe

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