Silicon Designs was founded in 1983 just outside of Seattle, Washington, USA, with the goal of improving existing MEMS capacitive accelerometer design standards. At the time, industrial-grade MEMS capacitive accelerometers were bulky, delicate, and expensive. Silicon Designs set out to develop a more compact, sensitive, rugged, effective, and reasonably priced accelerometer. Since then, Silicon Designs has expanded the capabilities of these accelerometers, introduced a digital line, designed a new breed of triaxial MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules, and has developed inertial navigation sensors for companies all over the world.
Silicon Designs has steadily grown over the years, but the core competency has always remained MEMS capacitive accelerometers. Constant R&D has led to many breakthrough technologies and processes, and this dedication to perpetual improvement has been integral in Silicon Designs' continual growth and success. The philosophy of "make it better, stronger, smaller, and less expensive" is maintained to this day.
In addition to its exceptional products, Silicon Designs attributes its success to the people behind the products. From engineers to production personnel to administration, each employee is empowered, valued, and recognized for their hard work and commitment to excellence. Many employees have been with Silicon Designs for more than 15 years, creating a level of teamwork and expertise that ensures absolute quality.
The 31,000 s.f. manufacturing and office building is located in the beautiful U.S. Pacific Northwest, in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. The facility features 4000+ s.f. of clean rooms for micro-machining of their sensors and assembly operations.
Inspection and quality systems compliant with MIL-I-45208
Equipment calibration to MIL-C-45662
Clean room meeting FED-STD-209
ESD control to MIL-STD-1689
Product screening to MIL-STD-883
Product qualification based on MIL-PRF-38534 (non QML)
SPC implemented on critical processes
All of Silicon Designs' products are made in America.
Links & Papers
SDI has been a part of numerous achievements across the globe, both its own and as a key contributor to others’ successes. SDI has won numerous SBIR awards, been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame, and received a Tibbetts Award. As accelerometers are continuously incorporated into new applications, SDI is leading the way with its proven expertise and world-class products.
"Inducted Technology: Miniature Accelerometer"
Space Technology Hall of Fame
Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services
"Acceleration Data Acquisition Using a Converter"
Sensors Magazine, July 1999 VOL16 NO7
US Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency
"The GBT Precision Telescope Control System"
Authors: Richard M. Prestagea, Kim T. Constantikesa, Dana S. Balsera, Jim J. Condonb
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
"Development of a Mobile Sensing Unit and Its Prototype Implementation"
Authors: Yusuke Mizuno, Yozo Fujino, Keita Kataoka, Yoshihiro Matsumoto
Research Center for Environmental Safety, Yamaguchi University, Japan
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Research and Development Center, East Japan Railway Company, Japan
Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Japan
"High-Frequency Distributed Sensing for Structure Monitoring"
Authors: K.Mechitov, W.Kim, G.Aghaand, T.Nagayama
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
"Reliability and Data Quality of a Wireless Sensing Unit Developed for Structural Health Monitoring"
Authors: Jin-Song Pei, Chetan Kapoor, Troy L. Graves-Abe, Yohanes P. Sugeng, Jerome P. Lynch, Nadim A. Ferzli
School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Department of Electrical Engineering; Princeton University
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
"Structural Health Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Networks"
Authors: Sukun Kim, David Culler, James Demmel
University of California at Berkeley
"Potential Applications of Micro and Nano Technologies on Space Transportation Systems"
Author: Dr. Oudea Coumar
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS)
Les Mureaux Cedex, France
"Unstable Base Alters Limb and Abdominal Activation Strategies During the Flexion-Relaxation Response"
Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Patent Application using SDI Accelerometers
Inventor: Marni Markell Hurwitz