Friday, June 3, 2011

STMicroelectronics Boosts Accessibility and Value of Space-Grade Power Electronics

Fully space-qualified power devices designed and made in Europe simplify procurement as space technology targets growing commercial opportunities

Geneva, June 03, 2011 - Amid growing world demand for satellite-based communications, television, weather forecasting and geographical data, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has introduced the first member of a family of power transistors that are fully qualified for use in electronic subsystems on board satellites and launchers.

According to the Satellite Industry Association, the global satellite industry is growing steadily and currently generates more than $160 billion in annual revenues 1. Although essential electronic equipment is built in various territories, including Europe and Asia, the majority of components certified for use in space originate from the USA. However, developed in conjunction with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), ST’s new family of radiation-hardened power MOSFETs is produced in Europe and fully qualified to ESCC (European Space Components Coordination) specifications.