Akustica is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group and a top supplier of silicon microphone products that are improving voice-input quality in a host of voice-enabled applications, from mobile phones, laptops, and tablets to small wearable accessories like headsets.
A History of Innovation
Akustica was founded in 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA, to commercialize acoustic CMOS MEMS technology licensed from Carnegie Mellon University. Akustica holds the exclusive license to these patents and has developed additional technologies to support the company's mission to create and commercialize a new generation of monolithic CMOS MEMS microphone products. In 2006, Akustica introduced the world's first and only single-chip, digital-output microphone. Since introduction, Akustica’s expanded line of digital MEMS microphones has been chosen by top-tier laptop manufacturers for their ease of integration, consistent performance and excellent voice quality.
In 2009, Akustica was acquired by Robert Bosch, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. As part of the Bosch Group, Akustica has access to the talent, expertise and experience of one of the true pioneers in MEMS technology. Bosch has been actively researching microsystem technology since 1988, and has developed a complete line of MEMS products for the automotive, industrial and consumer electronics markets. With more than 4 billion MEMS sensors shipped, Bosch is a recognized leader in the MEMS industry. Since its acquisition, Akustica has added Bosch MEMS surface micromachining to its technology toolbox and now also offers high-performance 2-chip microphones. Akustica is the only MEMS microphone supplier in the world that offers both single- and two-chip microphone products.
2001 Akustica is founded
2006 Akustica introduces world's first digital microphone - the AKU2000
AKU2000 is named one of the "Hot 100 Products of 2006" by EDN Magazine
Akustica and SigmaTel introduce world's first digital mic array reference design for laptops
2007 AKU2000 is named Product of the Year by Electronic Products
2008 Akustica announces world's smallest analog and digital microphone chips - each are 1mm2
2009 Robert Bosch acquires Akustica
2011 Akustica begins MEMS manufacturing at Bosch wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany
Akustica and Bosch Research and Technology Center co-locate on Pittsburgh's South Side
AKU230 is named one of the "Hot 100 Products" of 2011 by EDN Magazine.
2012 Akustica uses Bosch surface micromachining technology for the AKU340 analog microphone
Akustica announces matched, high performance top- and bottom-port HD voice microphones
2014 Akustica announces industry's most uniformly matched HD voice microphones
2015 Akustica delivers world's first tiny (5.4mm3) top-port microphone to achieve 65dB SNR
About the Bosch Group
Bosch has been actively researching microsystem technology since 1988, and has developed a complete line of MEMS products for the automotive, industrial and consumer electronics markets. With more than 5 billion MEMS sensors shipped and more than 1000 MEMS patents, Bosch is the global market leader for MEMS sensors.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is "Invented for life."