C-MAC MicroTechnology, a world leader in high reliability electronic systems, modules and components for the aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical and communications markets, has been selected as a partner in the MEMS Application for Defence (MEAD) consortium, led by QinetiQ.

The consortium will develop microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology for the defence industry in a project backed by the UK MoD, with £3.2 M of funding over three years.

The MEAD consortium brings together world-class organisations spanning systems integration and MEMS device supply, including key groups from the world of academia and research. Initially, it will roadmap the technology, explore exploitation routes and investigate novel MEMS approaches for use in key defence application areas.

C-MAC’s role will be to use its MEMS packaging expertise to provide the consortium with high reliability hermetic enclosures for the delicate MEMS devices, protecting them from environmental contamination and ensuring their integrity in the harsh environments in which they will operate. The company was chosen as it has demonstrated the ability to deliver robust, precision electronic modules, which are reliable under the most severe conditions experienced by electronic devices in defence applications.

Indro Mukerjee, CEO of C-MAC MicroTechnology, commented, “C-MAC has worked in the defence sector and with QinetiQ for several years and we have a thorough understanding of their stringent technical and operational requirements. MEMS technology is experiencing an exciting and progressive stage of evolution, and being invited to join the MEAD consortium is a reflection of the world class expertise and knowledge that C-MAC engineers can deliver in this area.”