The world's smallest, fastest, most reliable mechanical switch
Menlo Micro is reimagining one of the most fundamental building blocks of electronic systems – the electronic switch. The company’s Digital-Micro-Switch platform is a game changer for those who design electronic systems, with a market opportunity of more than $5 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 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 build an enhanced electronic switch that can handle high temperature, high-stress conditions for products that require decades of useful life. The new 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.
At launch, one key application Menlo Micro will target for the new electronic switch 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 Paladin Capital Group. GE has invested over 12 years of R&D into the Digital-Micro-Switch technology, producing 60 patent families and a series of GE-qualified DMS products. Now, Menlo Micro will focus on bringing this unique solution to the broader market, expanding development of the technology and its reach across industries.