Design, Engineering and Manufacturing: all-in-one expertise serving your projects. Thales’s Competence Centre Microelectronics offers bespoke services covering the full lifecycle of products.
The activities of the microelectronics competence centre are structured around two complementary expertises serving customers’ projects: a design & development hub and a high-tech industrial tool.
These hubs are located on one single site enabling more responsive services and effective capitalization.
Our mission: anticipate and support your technological challenges to offer innovative and competitive solutions, always more reliable, resilient and sustainable.
Design and Development
Modular and innovative technological bricks serving all critical environments
The R&D department is centred on a design office and two areas of expertise working in close partnership: a team of hardware electronic designers specialized in harsh environments and a team of experts in packaging & interconnections developments.
Application fields of the hardware electronics design team:
Analogue and digital electronics
LF and microwave electronics
Our experts develop multi-chip modules and technological bricks that can be easily combined, adapted and replaced in order to best fit the system’s requirements and upgrades. They notably focus on:
Power bricks : power density and thermal monitoring
Analogue and digital bricks: function densification
Microwave bricks: power density and function densification
Application fields in packaging and interconnections:
Electronics bonding and assembly technologies
Electronics packaging technologies
Our experts develop disruptive materials, layout or assembly solutions in order to optimize the dimensions, cost, performance or even the reproducibility of the products and processes. In parallel, the teams are involved in numerous upstream research programmes, whether within consortiums, or together with university laboratories and European research institutes.
Specific analytical equipment: MEB, DSC/TGA/TMA (Tg) analysis, RX, X-ray fluorescence, pull and shearing tests, traction tests, acoustic microscope, Dage…
Design Office : placement and routing of Multi-Chip Modules and PCBA, thermal and electro-mechanical simulations, 3D mechanical design, assembly and test tooling
Thales’s microelectronics competence centre: 6,700m2 dedicated to technology at its best, from System-in-Package to embedded system.
Clean rooms from class 6 to 8
Over 40-year background in microelectronics and microwaves
Small and medium production runs
Rapid mock-up and prototyping services
Electrical, functional and screening testing equipment
In-house training centre for microelectronics assemblies
Located at Etrelles in Brittany, the competence centre in microelectronics embraces all manufacturing resources: development and analytical laboratories, clean rooms for assembly and integration (including classified premises) as well as cutting-edge simulation and characterization equipment.
Our know-how relies both on highly-qualified and experienced personnel for specific manual operations, and a comprehensive range of equipment enabling us to adapt each manufacturing process to the required technology.
In-house Supply Chain
Our in-house Supply Chain capacities mean that we can manage all the flows linked to a contract. We work with all parties involved in logistical chain in order to maintain the competitiveness of your products and their availability on the market. This overall management provides you with a clear and global picture of your products’ total cost of ownership.
Selecting, qualifying and managing suppliers in France and internationally
Managing defence-classified imports and exports of equipment
Obsolescence tracking and monitoring
Clean room class 6 to 7: Equipment & Processes
Microelectronics automated assembly lines
High-temperature brazing process
Microelectronics manual expertise : assembly, integration and test
Hermetic sealing equipment
Microwave testing equipment
Typology of products
Multi-chip modules and hybrids
High-density and 3D-packaging
Clean room class 8: Equipment & Processes
High-density SMT assembly lines
Low-void brazing process
Electrical, functional, HV and VHV testing facilities