USound GmbH is a fast growing audio start-up, founded with the mission of developing and producing the most advanced audio systems for mobile applications based on MEMS technology. The technological platform developed by USound is enabling the production of a revolutionary generation of MEMS micro speakers that will be deployed in the world's top mobile applications.
USound is a Fabless company: process R&D and manufacturing operations are outsourced to world class industrial partners.
With the introduction of innovative MEMS technology USound is reinventing the audio industry and is setting new standards in term of Audio Quality and Low Power consumption.
We believe that our products will increase the effectiveness of our customer's products and maximize the degree of freedom of the end users. After all, the life soundtrack of each person should have a unique acoustic fingerprint.
We aim to reach market leadership of advanced acoustic solutions in the mobile communications and consumer electronics by developing revolutionary system solutions that augment and enhance the sound experience and create new ways to interact with sound.
USound is a system provider that works closely with its customers to overcome the challenges which raise from the integration of complex components in to even more complex systems. We are aware that the "sum of the parts does not equal the whole", we resist the temptation to oversimplify and brake down complex products into simple components.
Joerg Schoenbacher has 10+ years' experience in Corporate Finance, Legal Practice and IP Management in the semiconductor industry. Coming from a legal and business background, he started his career in private legal practice focusing on technology financing and VC/PE-projects. He then joined SensorDynamics where he has been responsible for legal and IP and contributed to Finance functions. After SensorDynamics' acquisition by Maxim Integrated he has been a Regional Manager Europe for Maxim's Consumer and Automotive group and a site manager for Maxim's operations in Austria.
Andrea Rusconi Clerici has 10+ years technical experience in the MEMS industry having covered several engineering and management positions in R&D, product development, manufacturing engineering and operations. He has experience in research (Fraunhofer Institute), large companies (STMicroelectronics, Maxim Integrated) and start-up (Sensordynamics).
At STMicroelectronics he was a key player for realizing the impressive MEMS business growth from scratch to 250M$/Y in 5 years; achievements ranged from new technologies IP and development to product families mass production.
Ferruccio Bottoni has almost 20 years of experience in Semiconductor and MEMS industry. He started in 1995 at STMicroelectronics working on the Flash Memories. Subsequently he joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 1999 were he contributed to the ramp-up of MEMS in the automotive markets. He finally joined Sensordynamics in 2009 as VP operations and he has retained this position until 2013. During his career, Ferruccio has covered several positions Quality and Reliability Engineer, Process Manufacturing Manager, Technical Purchasing Manager and VP Operations.
AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft (AT&S) is European market leader and one of the world's leading producers of high-end printed circuit boards. AT&S is especially well positioned worldwide in the highest tech market segment for HDI microvia printed circuit boards, which are chiefly used in mobile devices. The Group is also highly successful in the automotive printed circuit board market, and in the industrial and medical technology sectors. In 2013 AT&S took the next step in implementing its high-tech strategy by entering the IC substrate business as part of a joint venture with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer. As an international growth enterprise AT&S has a global presence, with three production facilities in Austria (Leoben, Fehring) and one each in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing under construction) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). It currently employs some 7,100 people.
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The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT develops and produces power electronics and microsystems according to customers specifications. Important areas of application include energy technology, automotive and transport engineering, the consumer goods industry, medical technology, communications technology, and automation. Modern technologies and equipment based on 200 mm Silicon wafer technology plus the expertise built up over decades put Fraunhofer ISIT and its customers at the forefront of the field worldwide. For more information, please visit www.isit.fraunhofer.de.
STMicroelectronics is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, enables smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
The Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustic – IEM, founded in 1965, connects the evolution of Musical Arts with experimental Research and Development and plays a pioneering role as interface between new acoustic technologies and audio praxis. The R&D interests include the areas of artistic research, signal processing, analog and digital music. The unique infrastructure available at the IEM allows for inter-disciplinary experimental studies and characterizations; in the research area of signal processing and acoustics, the focus is on sound analysis, transformation and synthesis in time, frequency and space domains. For more information, please visit www.iem.at.
Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws) provides financial aid for the formation and location of high-tech companies in Austria on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, with particular emphasis on the provision of financial aid to technology sectors exhibiting high potential for growth and great innovative strength, such as life sciences, information and communication technology, and physical sciences.
eQventure mit Sitz in Graz bietet jungen Technologieunternehmen und Mittelstandsunternehmen in speziellen Situationen neben Wachstumskapital ein starkes Netzwerk und rasche, tatkräftige Unterstützung in allen Situationen des Unternehmensauf- und -umbaus an. Hinter eQventure stehen erfolgreiche Unternehmer und Business Angels, die Ihr selbstverdientes Geld und Ihr Know-How in wachstumsorientierte Unternehmen investieren.
eQventure bietet ausgewählten Drittinvestoren Case by Case die Möglichkeit zur Teilnahme an Beteiligungsengagements an. Bei Technologieinvestments ist in der Regel der European Angel Fund mit Sitz in Luxemburg, beraten durch den European Investment Fund als Co-Investor beteiligt.
Der Science Park Graz (SPG) ist das Gründungszentrum der Technischen Universität Graz, der Medizinischen Universität Graz und der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Ziel der Einrichtung ist es, AkademikerInnen aus allen Wissensdisziplinen, die ihre kreativen Geschäftsideen umsetzen wollen, in einer frühen Phase ihres Gründungsvorhabens mit Beratung, Coaching, Infrastruktur, Finanzierung und Fördermitteln zu unterstützen. Dabei werden ausschließlich innovative Gründungsprojekte mit besonders hohem Wachstumspotential auf dem Weg in ihre Selbstständigkeit begleitet.
The Science Park Graz (SPG) is the business incubator of the Technical University of Graz, Graz University and the Medical University of Graz, founded in 2002. The goal of the incubator is to support academics from all disciplines of knowledge with business ideas at an early stage of their start-up project with consulting, coaching, infrastructure, financing and funding.
The heart and the very soul of USound is creativity and innovation. We strongly believe in innovation, we refuse to think that what was done yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. We apply this vision into everyday activities and our work environment; if you thrive in highly creative, fast-paced and collaborative environments, we invite you to join our effort to change the world.