High precision MEMS sensors since 1965
The roots of Safran Sensing Technologies Norway and its technology go back to 1965. In 1985 the Company started operating as an independent entity under the name Sensonor, until it was acquired by Infineon Technologies in 2003.
In 2009 the company split from Infineon in a MBO supported by local investors to continue its focus on MEMS based sensors, however aiming at applications and markets requiring high precision sensors with a special focus on inertial (Gyro and IMU).
From 2012 until late 2021, Sensonor has been under ownership of a Swiss based investment group. October 1st 2021 Sensonor became part of Safran Electronics & Defense and operating as Safran Sensing Technologies Norway.
Based out of Horten, about 100 km south of Oslo in Norway, the company has for more than 35 years played a significant role in the development of the global MEMS industry. Over the years, more than 250 million pressure sensors, more than 250 million accelerometers, and more than 2 million gyros have been shipped to customers for use in numerous type of applications.
Probably the most important reason for this success is the extremely low failure rate experienced by customers relaying on the products; less than 1 failure in 10 million parts shipped.
The legacy of silicon based sensors at Sensonor goes even further back. Already in the mid sixties the mother company, AME, started up with pressure sensors and accelerometers based on piezoresistive micromachined silicon strain gauges and from the late seventies with etched diaphragm silicon sensors.