Leverage imec’s innovative technologies and radiation-hardening capabilities for a new generation of satellites for Earth and space exploration.
Next to the heavyweights, a new generation of ever-smaller satellites is in the making. Imec is one of the world’s specialists in scaling innovative technology ever smaller while at the same time improving its specifications. We have the expertise to develop integrated imagers, radiation-hardened circuits, optical transceivers and efficient power conversion components. According to your specs, in dedicated development-on-demand projects.
In addition, we have extensive experience in the field of space evaluation (ESCC2269000) and qualification (ESCC9000). This includes developing and customizing the hardware required for screening flight modules such as test load boards, packages and sockets as well as managing the whole supply chain.
Last, we are pioneering some amazing technologies that fall right into what is needed for next-generation spacecraft: photonics-based communication chips, sensors for astronaut health monitoring, and flexible photovoltaic panels with woven interconnects.
Several foundries that used to offer technologies for radiation-hardened ASICs have left the market. To provide a high-quality alternative, imec has developed the DARE platform (Design Against Radiation Effects). DARE is a combination of digital cell libraries, methodology support for analog design and the re-use of predesigned analog IP blocks. DARE was developed and is maintained with support from the European Space Agency (ESA).
The DARE methodology and flow allow for the integration of existing and custom-designed digital and analog blocks on a single chip. It also supports the required steps to deliver flight models manufactured in the technology and assembled in the package best fit for your application.
We invite you to come and challenge us with your imager specs. We realize imagers customized according to your specifications, from design and development up to low-volume manufacturing.
Our scientists have micro-sized and integrated a wide array of imager technologies in silicon, technologies to capture visual data with high ground resolution and spectrally filtered (multi/hyperspectral images). But above all: we have a platform to design and prototype specialty imagers and adaptations to specific specifications.
Efficient DC/DC convertors that supply all equipment with stable power are key components of any satellite. Imec’s power electronics are up to the task. Based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology, they are compact, integrated and radiation-hardened. We can offer you assistance with any or all of the fabrication steps, from idea up to testing and qualification.
All these components are radiation-hardened and proven in a number of high-stakes ESA projects.
Communication in space – such as between satellites – often relies on directional and secure optical links with high bandwidths. The transceivers that establish these links must be:
Integrated photonics, which doesn’t rely on moving parts, is the ideal technology for this. And it’s ready for implementation in your application thanks to imec’s hybrid optical beamforming platform.
Imec is with you in all stages of the design and fabrication of radiation-hardened electronics. In addition, we have a wealth of technological solutions for your next-generation satellites. Join us as an R&D partner to further develop and customize the innovative technological solutions at the heart of space exploration.