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Scaling up the world’s highest performance MEMS microphone

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 953378

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2020

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 669 046,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 500 000

Coordinated by:

SENSIBEL AS

Norway

Objective

"sensiBel is a Norwegian deep-tech start-up specialized in optical MEMS microphone technology. The company spun off from SINTEF, Norway’s largest independent research organization in 2016. Based on 10 years of research, sensiBel has developed and patented a unique technology for a high-performance miniaturized microphone, with 10dB times lower noise than other state-of-the-art MEMS microphones. We reinvented the microphone! For decades, the performance of microphones has seen only incremental improvements. The dominating technology is capacitive MEMS microphones, with multi-billion € markets, but their sensitivity is not sufficient to handle voice user interfaces in complex environment, and lack performance for high-quality sound and audio recordings. sensiBel’s patented optical MEMS technology uses a tiny laser and integrated photodetector to extremely accurately measure the motion of a silicon-based membrane. This ultra-low selfnoise readout principle results in very high SNR and resistance to distortion at very high sound pressure level, yet in a small, MEMS package with low power consumption. In short, we have a studio-grade microphone with an ultra-small form factor. Our microphone is ideal for natural language voice-controlled user interface, teleconferencing systems, sound detection & recognitions systems, high-quality audio recordings and in Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) headsets. The unison feedback from the market is that sensiBel’s microphone fills a clear gap in the market. The mission of sensiBel is audio capture excellence to enable natural language conversation with machines and high-fidelity audio and sound capture in a small package. The company aims to become the global #1 MEMS microphone supplier for the voice-first user interface and highfidelity audio and sound capture markets."

Coordinator

SENSIBEL AS

Address

Oslo Science Park Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 2 500 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 953378

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2020

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 669 046,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 500 000

Coordinated by:

SENSIBEL AS

Norway