Linwave Electronic Manufacturing Services, a division of Linwave Technology, is opening a new UK-based high technology microwave manufacturing centre. Scheduled to be fully operational by 10 September 2010, the facility will support key activities of diode manufacturing, MMIC packaging and high frequency/precision manufacturing solutions.

The facility, which is a technology partnership between e2v and Linwave Technology, has been enabled by the transfer of equipment, processes and 15 highly skilled personnel into the new facility. Focused around a 2000 ft2 class 10,000 clean room, the facility offers a background dust count of below 10,000 parts per million localized to class 100 under laminar flow for critical operations.

This specialist capability will support ongoing e2v requirements for class leading microwave semiconductor solutions and leverage the heritage diode technologies from AEI, MEDL and e2v. Operating alongside Linwave Technology, the facility will provide UK-based technology support for the defence, automotive, space and commercial markets with diodes, MMIC solutions and high precision microwave assembly.