C-MAC and Linear sign up for space expansion

C-MAC MicroTechnology and Linear Technology have formed a partnership to sell into Europe, Canada and Asia space-qualified radiation-hardened monolithic devices and hybrid modules.

The move follows C-MAC’s accreditation to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K in 2007. C-MAC will assemble, test and qualify Linear Technology's rad-hard die in a new range of package outlines at its plant in Great Yarmouth, UK.

The product range will be available with qualification to ESA’s ECSS-Q-ST-60-5C hybrid procurement specification or to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K and will undergo radiation testing for total dose accumulation and single event effects.

Paul Hill, general manager at C-MAC MicroTechnology, said: “C-MAC has been supplying space grade products for more than 20 years and this partnership with Linear Technology allows us to expand our product range using some of the most highly respected rad-hard die on the market today.”

C-MAC said it began its move into the space market in the mid-1980s with high performance resistor networks quickly followed by MIL-STD-1553 data bus transceivers and full remote terminals. The company has made custom microcircuits for programmes such as Artemis, Inmarsat III and IV and the International Space Station.

Steve Munns, European marketing manager, military and space for Linear Technology said: “The partnership with C-MAC will enable the development of product solutions that are tuned to local market needs. By working together we will accelerate the speed of new product introductions and will be able offer a greater breadth of products in this expanding market segment.”

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