C-MAC MicroTechnology and Linear Technology Corp. have formed a strategic partnership to provide the European, Canadian and Asian space markets with space qualified radiation hardened (rad-hard) monolithic devices and hybrid modules. This key partnership forms part of C-MAC’s strategy for growth within the space market following its accreditation to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K in 2007.

The company will assemble, test and qualify Linear Technology’s rad-hard (RH) die in a new range of package outlines at its plant in Great Yarmouth, UK. This relationship will combine C-MAC’s vast range of microelectronic packaging and test services with Linear’s state-of-the-art portfolio of high performance analogue integrated circuits. Thus, for the first time, customers outside the US will be able to purchase high reliability, space grade monolithic and multichip modules incorporating Linear’s RH IC designs from a European manufacturer.

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. The two companies combine a wealth of design and manufacturing expertise in microelectronic technology and this partnership confirms their position at the forefront of space grade microelectronic solutions.