To meet the growing demand from Russian space industry, C-MAC MicroTechnology has signed an agreement with Petersburg Electronic Co. to distribute electronic components and modules including radiation-hardened power conditioning products and a range of high reliability MIL-STD-1553 products in Russia.

In 2011, the Russian government will spend $3.8 B on its national space program and under the current approved ten year budget this will increase by five to ten percent each year until 2015. The space market is an area of growth for C-MAC and it also accounts for thirty five percent of Petersburg Electronic Co. turnover. C-MAC’s decision to enter the Russian market was driven by Russian demand for high quality, proven European microelectronic products. PEC has enjoyed considerable success since it was founded in 1992 by importing high reliability components from Europe and the US into Russia.

C-MAC has been supplying space grade thick film hybrid microcircuits since 1992 into both the US and European markets. Its range of power conditioning products, MIL-STD-1553 single and dual transceivers and remote terminals together with custom module packaging solutions are available with full space qualification and the company's manufacturing line is MIL-PRF-38534 Class K (space) certified, allowing the company to participate in major space programs around the world.

Karen Oddey, CEO, C-MAC, commented: “We’re very proud to see our experience in high reliability electronics recognized by Petersburg Electronic Co. with this agreement and we’re excited to be entering the Russian market. The space industry is an area of focus for C-MAC and we’ve built on our expertise in other markets where reliability is mission-critical to deliver a trusted set of products already used in satellite programs around the world.”

Nikolai Bragin, Managing Director, Petersburg Electronic Co. added; “We were impressed by C-MAC’s pedigree in high reliability microelectronics and we’ve already seen demand for its rad-hard products for use in Russian satellites.”