Silicon Microstructures strengthens its Position in the Medical MEMS Market

1/18/2008, 4:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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SMI Develops and Supplies MEMS Pressure Sensor Array to OMRON
Healthcare, Inc. for Pulse Wave Transient Blood Pressure Measurement
Milpitas, USA/ Dortmund, Germany: Silicon Microstructures, Inc.
(, a leader in MEMS silicon sensor design and
manufacture and a subsidiary of ELMOS, today announced that the
company has been selected by OMRON Healthcare, Inc. as a development
partner and supplier for an advanced pressure sensor array for pulse
wave transient blood pressure measurement - the so called radial
Augmentation Index.
The radial Augmentation Index measurement method provides a novel and
highly accurate approach for non-invasive diagnosis, screening, and
monitoring of the arterial condition, especially arterial stiffness,
arterial impedance mismatch, and cardiac afterload.
SMI's experience with ultra-miniature pressure sensors for the
medical and automotive market, together with its superior design
capabilities and technology expertise for advanced pressure sensing
solutions has qualified SMI as the supplier of choice for OMRON
Healthcare, Inc.
"The selection of SMI as a supplier for this advanced technology
project by OMRON Healthcare, Inc. is another strategic milestone for
SMI" said Rainer Cholewa, President and CEO of SMI. "We have the
required level of expertise and the right technology portfolio in
order to address high-end medical sensor applications, and this
design win underlines our strong positioning in this market."
The array sensor for OMRON Healthcare, Inc. is another addition to
SMI's medical product portfolio, which already includes an
ultra-miniature disposable catheter tip pressure sensor for blood
pressure measurement inside the coronary arteries of the human heart,
and a range of differential low-pressure sensor products for
anesthesia equipment and respiratory applications, like sleep apnea

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Bannockburn, IL, a northern suburb
of Chicago, is the North and South American subsidiary of Omron
Healthcare group. A leading manufacturer and distributor of blood
pressure monitors for home use, Omron Healthcare group is a market
leader in blood pressure monitoring with over 70 million of its
monitors sold worldwide to date. Omron Healthcare is committed to
offering clinically proven, innovative weight management and
thermometry products and devices for use in treatment of respiratory
conditions, all with the aim of helping people achieve greater
compliance and quality of life. With the April 2006 acquisition of
Colin Medical Instruments Corporation, a leader in blood pressure
monitoring products for hospitals, clinics, and physician offices,
Omron Healthcare has a unique position as a company offering a wide
array of medical devices for use in sites ranging from hospitals to
the home. For more information, visit and for
Colin products, visit
About Silicon Microstructures, Inc.
Silicon Microstructures is a high-volume supplier of standard and
custom pressure sensors and other MEMS devices. Customers range from
automotive users to medical and industrial system manufacturers
requiring precision sensors. SMI's capabilities cover all phases of
design, qualification, MEMS manufacture and customer support as well
as MEMS foundry services. SMI is a 100% subsidiary of ELMOS
Semiconductor AG, a leading company in developing, manufacturing and
marketing of primarily automotive ASIC and ASSP solutions. ELMOS is
headquartered in Dortmund, Germany and listed on the German stock
exchange (Prime Standard). For more information please visit and
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For more information contact:
Rick Hagen
(408) 577-0100

Mathias Kukla
+ 49 (0) 2 31-75 49-0
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