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Founded: 2001
Founders: Clark Nguyen, Wan-Thai Hsu (PhD EE '01)
Product/Service: CMOS MEMS resonator technology
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
San Jose, CA
Shenzhen, China

Discera develops and markets MEMS (micro-electrical mechanical system) based timing solutions that replace traditional quartz crystals and oscillators. Utilizing semiconductor processing and packaging technology, Discera's products possess the size, cost, and reliability typically associated with integrated circuits, while providing shorter lead-times, more features and operation over a wider temperature range than standard quartz products. [Discera Website, Home]

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Feb. 16, 2012

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Adds MEMS Oscillators from Discera to Line Card

PHOENIX, Feb 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. AVT -1.50% , today announced it has inked a distribution deal with Discera. As one of the leading developers of micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS)-based timing solutions, Discera products offer more features and a wider temperature range than standard quartz products. To find out more about Discera's offering, contact an Avnet sales representative or visit Avnet's e-Commerce engine, Avnet Express.

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Discera offers a wide range of oscillator products utilizing proprietary PureSilicon(TM) resonator technology. These MEMS oscillators address the performance, size, power and cost requirements of the consumer, enterprise, industrial and communication markets.

"Avnet's broad distribution network will extend Discera's reach throughout the Americas," said Bruce Diamond, Discera's chief executive officer. "Our PureSilicon MEMS oscillators have better performance, shorter lead times and higher reliability than quartz-based products. We have made significant progress replacing quartz and are delighted to have Avnet as our ally."


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university research corridor Jan 10, 2011

UM spinout Discera adds 9 positions, quintuples revenue

Discera is ramping up its business model through customer service rather than product improvement, although both are playing key roles in their growth strategy.

The California-based business that specializes in semi-conductor technology maintains its research & development operations in Ann Arbor. It changed its sales strategy about a year ago, adding system maintenance service for customers. That change allowed the company to grow its sales every quarter since, quintupling its revenue in one year.

"We really see this sales strategy working for us," says Wan-Thai Hsu, CTO for Discera. "At the same time we're expanding to a higher-end market where there is better pricing."

Discera added nine jobs in 2010, expanding its staff to 42 people. That includes five people in the Ann Arbor office. The company expects its revenue to continue growing at that pace, and in turn to add another 5-10 positions in 2011. Discera is also a semi-finalist for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, where it is not only showing off its product but looking for the next innovations it can capitalize on.

Discera develops and markets a micro-electrical mechanical system that can replace traditional quartz crystals and oscillators. This product has the size, cost, and reliability typically associated with integrated circuits but offers more features, such as shorter lead-times and operation over a wider temperature range. The company spun this technology out of the University of Michigan nine years ago and moved to California a few years ago to be closer to its investors. It also became a campaign issue in Michigan's gubernatorial campaign because Gov.-elect Rick Snyder was an early investor.

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