VIEWPOINT 2024: Eelco Bergman, Chief Business Officer, Saras Micro Devices

Semiconductor Packaging News Article Published Feb. 23, 2024

All indications are that 2024 is going to be an exciting year for the semiconductor industry, particularly here in the U.S., fueled largely by the rapidly growing demand for artificial intelligence (AI) capability and device solutions in data center, edge, and client applications. Gartner estimates that generative AI and large language models will result in more than 20% of new servers installed in data centers by 2027, including AI workload accelerators.

After a post-COVID semiconductor market decline of 10% in 2023 (Gartner), industry analysts are aligned in projecting a significant double-digit recovery ranging from 13% to 20%, expanding market valuation to as high as $633B (IDC). Revenue growth is forecasted across all device types, with memory and logic ICs leading the way at 45% and 10%, respectively (IDC). In addition, according to WSTS, even though all major geographic markets will show expansion, the predominant growth will be in the Americas region, forecasted at 22%.

In parallel with these robust growth projections, the semiconductor industry is also undergoing a marked geographic realignment of its supply chain as a result of ongoing geopolitical tensions. The recognition by the major global powers of the value and criticality of semiconductors to their economies and national security has resulted in legislative initiatives to stimulate and support the repatriation of their semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem.

This is particularly true here in the U.S., where we are seeing large-scale commitments from both domestic and overseas manufacturers — such as Amkor, Intel, Samsung, and TSMC — to establish advanced-technology onshore facilities, incentivized by their customers, the CHIPS Act, and other available federal and state programs.

As an emerging provider of cutting-edge, package-integrated, power delivery solutions, Saras Micro Devices is well positioned to address this confluence of the return to industry growth, the adoption of AI, and U.S. supply chain ecosystem development. Our customized multi-domain passive modules specifically address the packaging challenges facing the high-performance processors, accelerators, and network devices that are powering the advances in AI data centers.

These devices will be fabricated in the leading node foundries, including those being established in the U.S. Saras is committed to supporting the national agenda to (re)establish technology and manufacturing leadership domestically. We are opening our first production facility in the heart of the rapidly expanding greater Phoenix Silicon Desert ecosystem while continuing to invest in our Atlanta R&D center of excellence.

With the strong support of Arizona and Georgia state and city governments, as well as the leading academic institutions in those regions, we’re confident that we will be able to meet our facility and workforce expansion commitments to support both the economic development in these regions and our own long-term success.

Saras Micro Devices Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters and Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Chandler, Arizona

Ribbon Cutting at Saras Micro Devices Grand Opening

Company Seeks to Support and Leverage Growing Semiconductor and Advanced Packaging Ecosystem in the Region

Chandler, Ariz. – Jan. 24, 2024 – Saras Micro Devices, an emerging leader in cutting-edge power performance solutions leveraging integrated packaging design, today announced the grand opening of its new headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. The decision to open a new manufacturing center in Arizona is part of Saras’ longer-term strategy to support its growth in the high-performance computing (HPC) artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) sectors and capitalize on the rapidly expanding semiconductor ecosystem in the region. The company is relocating its headquarters from Atlanta, Georgia, where its Research & Development Center will remain.

“This move is not just a change in geographic location; it is an intentional strategic decision to align our vision with our customers in driving the U.S. semiconductor industry forward,” said Ron Huemoeller, CEO of Saras Micro Devices. “We are grateful for the partnership with the City of Chandler, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Arizona Commerce Authority, as their support has been instrumental in our successful relocation. This move supports our mission to become an integral part of Arizona’s burgeoning technology ecosystem and our desire to contribute to the strength of the United States’ domestic semiconductor industry. This is where our future becomes a reality, and we’re just getting started.”

The move involves a planned investment of over $50 million in the Chandler facility, which is located at 3200 W. Germann Road. The new facility initially boasts 33,000 sq. ft. of clean room, manufacturing, and administrative space. Saras will employ approximately 50 people in the near term, which will be primarily composed of engineering talent. By close of 2025, both the site and staff will undergo significant expansion, with a projected growth to 43,000 sq. ft., inclusive of a larger 13,000-sq.-ft. clean room.

The proximity of the new headquarters to other key semiconductor ecosystem partners, coupled with Arizona’s cost-effective operations and investment in talent development, uniquely positions Saras to capitalize on these strategic advantages while contributing to a robust domestic semiconductor industry.

“The City of Chandler is thrilled to further expand our semiconductor supply chain industry and bring another technology headquarters to our community with the addition of Saras Micro Devices,” stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “We continue to make the short list for these coveted projects due to our central location, top-notch educational system, and pro-business climate. Saras has been a great partner to work with during this process, and we look forward to growing our relationship with them over the years to come.”

“This HQ relocation allows Saras Micro Devices to address present needs of the market while strengthening its ability to develop technology for the future,” said Greater Phoenix Economic Council President & CEO Chris Camacho. “Saras’ innovation in integrated power delivery for semiconductor devices using AI and ML will boost the region’s semiconductor cluster and technological competitiveness.”

“We are excited Saras Micro Devices has selected Arizona for its new headquarters,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The Chandler manufacturing facility will enable Saras to continue advancing semiconductor innovation, further showcasing Arizona’s attractiveness as the premier destination for advanced semiconductor operations and contributing to our thriving technology ecosystem. We look forward to supporting their future success in Chandler.”

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About Saras Micro Devices

Established in 2021, Saras Micro Devices is revolutionizing the way power is delivered to advanced semiconductor devices. The company is developing custom and standard integrated passive modules that will significantly improve power performance and efficiency, addressing the challenges faced by the high-performance computing devices serving the growing demand for AI, ML, AR/VR, 5G/6G, and more. Instituted by an impressive team of advanced packaging experts with a combined 150+ years of experience in the microelectronics industry, Saras introduces an innovative embedded, 3D-integrated, vertical power delivery solution that enables higher per-watt performance, minimized routing losses, and greater overall efficiency while reducing the power management impact on the package footprint. Saras Micro Devices has simplified a currently complex solution for managing and optimizing power delivery. Uncover and explore further insights at www.sarasmicro.com.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach, “attract, expand, and create,” to advance the overall economy: attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona, work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond, and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit www.azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.

About the City of Chandler

Chandler, Arizona, has built a reputation as a Community of Innovation. Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community with progressive entrepreneurship. Known for its rich diversity, the city offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities. Chandler has grown to become the state’s fourth-largest city, with a population of more than 287,000, and has been named one of the nation’s Best Places to Find a Job and Best Cities for Women in Tech. The city also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of only 40 communities to achieve this distinction. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov or connect with Chandler on social media.

About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), globally recognized as a top economic development organization (EDO), works to attract and grow quality businesses and advocate for the competitiveness of Greater Phoenix. A data-driven regional EDO, GPEC works with 22 member communities, Maricopa County, and more than 200 private investors to accomplish its mission and serve as a strategic partner to companies across the world as they expand or relocate to Greater Phoenix. Over the past 34 years, GPEC has fueled the regional economy by helping over 980 companies, creating nearly 182,000 jobs and more than $65 billion in capital investment. Greater Phoenix is in a relentless pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial-focused companies looking to thrive and scale in a vibrant, dynamic region. There is an undeniable spirit about Greater Phoenix, one rooted in strength, collaboration, and resilience. Greater Phoenix is Greater Together. For more information about GPEC, visit www.gpec.org.

 

 

Saras Micro Devices Completes Move to New Atlanta Facility

Large cleanroom and testing lab will serve as the innovation center of excellence for its
power delivery solutions for semiconductor devices

 Saras Micro Devices announced today that it has completed the build-out of its lab and office space in the Inland Tract property located in West Midtown. The move supports the expansion of the company’s Atlanta research and development operations.

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions that will revolutionize next-generation electronics products. Saras’ advanced, substrate embedded, Integrated Passive Devices (AIPD™) represent a transformative power delivery solution, offering significant improvements in power and thermal efficiency for high-performance compute and artificial intelligence/machine learning processor applications.

“It is with immense pride and excitement that Saras officially opens the Inland Tract R&D site,” said Ron Huemoeller, Chief Executive Officer. “This facility is a testament to our desire to continue to push the technological boundaries as well as our commitment to enhance the most advanced power performance products in the semiconductor industry.”

At the heart of the facility is 4,100 square feet of cleanroom space, which will serve as an incubator to groundbreaking product development. Adjacent to the cleanroom is an additional 1,000 square feet of dedicated, state-of-the-art testing and failure analysis lab space.

The Inland Tract facility also boasts 9,900 square feet of contemporary office space. Careful consideration was given to the design and layout to ensure productivity, comfort and well-being was optimized, creating an environment that is both engaging and efficient.  This has now become home to Saras’ team of 26 full-time Atlanta-based employees.

Saras Micro is currently completing the buildout of a manufacturing facility in Chandler, AZ and is also planning to add an office in Cupertino, CA in the future that will be the design center of excellence for the company.

About Saras Micro Devices

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions to revolutionize next generation electronics products. The company’s AIPD™ products provide flexible design solutions across multiple product categories, including high-performance computing (HPC), power products and mobile solutions. Saras is working with customers and partners to deliver 1st generation products in 2024. www.sarasmicro.com

Saras Micro Devices Wins 2023 3D InCites Startup of the Year Award

Pictured from left: Kanupriya Verma, Product Marketing Manager, KLA Swift Division; Saras Micro Devices’ Chief Executive Officer Ron Huemoeller and Chief Business Officer Eelco Bergman; and Beth Keser, PhD, Director of Package Engineering, Intel, and President of iMAPS.

 

Saras Micro Devices has been named the Startup of the Year in the 2023 3D InCites Awards. The 2023 3D Incites Awards recognize excellence in heterogeneous integration technologies.

Saras Micro Devices was one of four nominees in the category. Nominations are made by industry professionals who wish to recognize a technology, individual, or company that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the heterogeneous roadmap including 3D packaging, interposer integration, advanced fan-out wafer-level packaging, MEMS and sensors, and full system integration.

Winners are chosen by a select panel of judges as well as industry peers through an online voting process. Awards were presented at an in-person ceremony on March 14 at the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

“The entire Saras Micro Devices team is proud and honored to be the recipient of 3D InCites ‘2023 Startup of the Year’ award. We extend our deep appreciation to the judging panel and all who gave their voting support for this recognition. We’re excited about what we have accomplished and look forward to seeing the high-performance device packaging solutions our disruptive power delivery technology will enable,” said Ron Huemoeller, CEO, Saras Micro Devices.

 

About Saras Micro Devices

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions to revolutionize next generation electronics products. The company’s AIPD™ products provide flexible design solutions across multiple product categories, including high-performance computing (HPC), power products and mobile solutions. Saras is working with customers and partners to deliver 1st generation products in 2024. www.sarasmicro.com

Saras Micro Devices Set to Expand in Atlanta with New Inland Tract Office

Company innovating next generation of power management for semiconductors

 

Saras Micro Devices has selected the Inland Tract property located in West Midtown as it prepares to expand its Atlanta research and development operations. The start-up company is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions that will revolutionize next-generation electronics products.

Saras’ advanced Integrated Passive Devices (AIPD™) represent a transformative power delivery solution, offering significant improvements in power and thermal efficiency for high-performance compute and artificial intelligence/machine learning processor applications.

“In selecting a site, we wanted to maintain our proximity to Georgia Tech, where access to their best-in-class facilities, equipment and technologists enable us to accelerate our development,” said Ron Huemoeller, Chief Executive Officer. “We felt that being in the heart of the city was also advantageous in attracting top talent, particularly early career engineers and researchers.”

The company’s current office near Georgia Tech has approximately 2,000 square feet; to support its growth, the company will lease 17,706 square feet at Inland Tract and expects to relocate to that facility in June 2023.

“Our team is rapidly growing, and we need more space to support our activities,” Huemoeller added. “Relocation to the larger and consolidated Inland Tract site will help us improve our operating efficiency, accelerate our research and development, and deliver the continued product innovation our customers and supply chain partners have come to expect.”

Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing high-tech urban centers in the nation, with both leading global tech companies as well as a plethora of start-ups. The city has been rated the #3 City for STEM professionals and #2 for Quality of Engineering Universities by WalletHub, as well as the #1 State for Doing Business for eight consecutive years by Area Development.

“Atlanta’s strength in the technology industry has attracted tech giants such as Google, Cisco, Microsoft and Micron, and there are 33 corporate innovation centers in the metro Atlanta region supporting the development of new technology innovations,” said Cynthia Curry, Senior Director, Smart Cities & CleanTech Ecosystems, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “With its semiconductor industry focus, Saras Micro Devices further adds to the rich diversity of Atlanta’s technology company portfolio, and we’re pleased to see their R&D operations expand.”

Saras Micro recently announced the formation of a manufacturing facility in Chandler, AZ and is also planning to add an office in Cupertino, CA in the future that will be the design center of excellence for the company.  Currently, there are approximately 25 engineers at the Atlanta site focused on research and development. Saras expects the Chandler site to employ an additional 25 full-time employees by the end of 2023, with intentions to expand as more operations and products come online.

 

About Saras Micro Devices

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions to revolutionize next generation electronics products. The company’s AIPD™ products provide flexible design solutions across multiple product categories, including high-performance computing (HPC), power products and mobile solutions. Saras is working with customers and partners to deliver 1st generation products in 2024. www.sarasmicro.com

 

Saras Micro Devices Appoints Industry Leader Ron Huemoeller to CEO

The Board of Directors of Saras Micro Devices (SMD), a provider of advanced power delivery solutions for high-performance semiconductor devices, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Huemoeller as Chief Executive Officer effective January 9, 2023.

Huemoeller will assume responsibility for providing leadership, strategy, and technical direction to the talented SMD team in Atlanta, GA; Chandler, AZ; and Cupertino, CA. In addition, he will serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Huemoeller’s more than 25 years of senior/executive management experience in semiconductor packaging and technology will enable him to position Saras for both short- and long-term success.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Ron as the new CEO of Saras, to help define and bring SMD’s vision to life,” said Rama Alapati, SMD Executive Chairman. “His wide breadth of experience, leadership capabilities, team building skills, and relationships with customers and semiconductor supply chain partners will help Saras build & deliver best-in-class power delivery solutions for high performance computing applications.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Saras Micro Devices at this critical inflection in the semiconductor industry as integrated packaging takes a more prominent role in system power performance and look forward to building a business that delivers sustainable, profitable growth,” commented Huemoeller. “I want to thank the Saras Board for their trust in me to lead the company forward.”

Most recently, Huemoeller served as Managing Director at Applied Materials for their Packaging Business Unit, following his role as President of Nano Circuit Technologies where he provided business and technology innovation services to semiconductor companies globally. Prior to this he served as Corporate Vice President at Amkor Technology as the Head of Global R&D and Technology Strategy. In this role he established corporate technology strategy and direction, bringing more than 250 new products into production and generating more than $2 billion dollars in profitable revenue over a five-year period.

Before Amkor, Huemoeller served as Director/Head Engineer of Printed Circuit Operations for Cray Computer Corporation where he led a core team of engineers and technicians in the startup and production ramp of a laminate substrate module operation serving the world’s fastest supercomputers. He has been granted more than 200 U.S. patents, including foundational patents for semiconductor packaging technologies including Fan Out, TMV, Flip Chip, Si-Bridge, TSV and numerous substrate technologies. He is former President/ Past President of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS), positions he held from 2016-2020.

Huemoeller holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Augsburg University, graduating with highest honors, and a Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

Alapati added, “We’re excited to have Ron join us. We are looking forward to him, in collaboration with the senior leadership team, defining and executing on the Saras technology, manufacturing and go-to-market roadmaps, enabling the company to scale and grow to its full potential over the next few years.”

 

About Saras Micro Devices

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions to revolutionize next generation electronics products. The company’s AIPD™ products provide flexible design solutions across multiple product categories, including high-performance computing (HPC), power products and mobile solutions. Saras is working with customers and partners to deliver 1st generation products in 2024. www.sarasmicro.com

Saras Micro Devices Selects Technology Manufacturing Site in Arizona

Company innovating next generation of power management for semiconductors

 

Saras Micro Devices has selected a site in the Price Corridor in Chandler, AZ to build out a manufacturing facility for its advanced power delivery solutions. Saras is collocating with its partner company, Yield Engineering Systems, which recently announced it would lease 123,000 square feet in the area.

Arizona – particularly the Greater Phoenix area – has become a leading and preferred location for the US semiconductor industry. The Greater Phoenix area is home to 22,203 semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing jobs and is the third largest metro area for semiconductor manufacturing employment (Emsi 2021 Q1). In addition, the reliable power grid, proximity to customers, supply chain ecosystem, regional accessibility, industrial infrastructure and competitive operating costs make the Greater Phoenix area extremely strategic for Saras Micro Devices’ manufacturing location.

“The utilization of advanced process technologies to enable leading processors for high-performance compute and artificial intelligence / machine learning applications is fueling demand for a new generation of power delivery solutions,” said Eelco Bergman, Chief Business Officer of Saras. “Our new Chandler, AZ site will support the manufacturing ramp up of Saras’ revolutionary Aluminum Integrated Passive Devices (AIPD™), which deliver significant improvements in power and thermal efficiency, as well as our continued product innovation.”

Chandler has consistently demonstrated positive, effective, professional collaborations with the Saras team.  “We at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest business organization in Chandler representing over 170,000 employees, are honored to welcome Saras Micro Devices and partner company Yield Engineering Systems to the thriving Chandler business community!” said Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber President and CEO.

The company also has an office in Atlanta, GA that is focused on research and development and is planning to add an office in Cupertino, CA in the future that will be the design center of excellence for the company.  Currently, there are approximately 25 engineers at the Atlanta site focused on research and development. Saras expects the Chandler site to have about 15 full-time employees by the end of 2022, growing to double that number by next summer, and it will continue to grow as more operations and products come online.

 

About Saras Micro Devices

Saras Micro Devices is designing and fabricating innovative power delivery solutions to revolutionize next generation electronics products. The company’s AIPD™ products provide flexible design solutions across multiple product categories, including high-performance computing (HPC), power products and mobile solutions. Saras is working with customers and partners to deliver 1st generation products in 2024. www.sarasmicro.com