Menlo Micro has reinvented one of the most fundamental building blocks of electronic systems – the electronic switch. The company’s Ideal Switch platform is a game-changer for those who design electronic systems, with a market opportunity of more than $20 billion. It has the potential to serve multiple industries, including next generation 5G mobile networks, industrial IoT markets, battery management, home-automation, electronic vehicles, and medical instrumentation.
The electromechanical switch technology hasn’t experienced innovation in the past 25 years. As a result, the size, weight, cost, and performance of electronic switch technologies has hindered the system designer’s ability to create high performance and reliable products ranging from battery chargers to electric vehicles.
Menlo Micro has lifted these limitations by developing unique materials, designs, and processing techniques to create an environment for RF MEMs switch design and fabrication of high-stress conditions for products that require decades of useful life.
The Ideal Switch operates up to 1000x faster than a typical mechanical switch, can handle hundreds of watts of power and is built in a structure smaller than a human hair.
One key application Menlo Micro targets for its Ideal Switch technology is mobile infrastructure. Menlo Micro’s switch is a new product for the wireless telecom market, with the potential to reduce the overall cost of deploying wireless networks. It will result in better access and higher bandwidth for consumers both at home and on mobile devices.
Menlo Micro is backed by GE Ventures, with strategic investments from Corning, Microsemi, and Paladin Capital Group. GE has invested over 12 years of R&D into Ideal Switch technology, producing 60 patent families and a series of GE-qualified products. Menlo Micro focuses on bringing this unique solution to the broader market, expanding development of the technology and its reach across industries.
HOW WE GOT HERE.
Our lineage of innovation & entrepreneurship starts with the “Wizard of Menlo Park” himself, Thomas A. Edison. Born out of a decade-long effort at General Electric’s Global Research Center, Menlo Micro is bringing to the market a series of technology innovations that have enabled us to reinvent one of the most essential and fundamental building blocks required for nearly every electronic system imaginable…. the switch.