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DDC to acquire Maxwell Microelectronics

19th April 2016
Jordan Mulcare

Data Device Corporation (DDC) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to expand its space market capabilities and product offering with the planned acquisition of the microelectronics group from Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell is aleading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective, space-qualified microelectronics solutions for satellites and spacecraft.

Maxwell microelectronics has provided space-qualified radiation-tolerant and radiation-shielded products, including semiconductors and single-board computers, to the space industry for more than two decades. Maxwell’s radiation mitigated power modules, memory modules and single board computers incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. Maxwell microelectronics specialises in understanding the radiation performance of commercial semiconductors, qualifying selected components for use in space, integrating them with proprietary radiation mitigation technologies, and manufacturing and screening these products in their DLA approved MIL-PRF-38534 facility.

DDC has served the space industry for more than three decades, is approved as a supplier by NASA, ESA and JAXA, and is certified by DLA to the highest quality level for hybrid microcircuits, Class "K". DDC provides space qualified MIL-STD-1553 Data Bus Interfaces, Motion Feedback and Motor Drive and Controller solutions.

Vincent Buffa, President and CEO, DDC, stated, "The acquisition of Maxwell Technologies’ microelectronics group greatly expands DDC’s solution capabilities for the space industry and other markets requiring radiation hardened solutions. We are all very excited about the addition of Maxwell microelectronics to the DDC family and the resulting value that our combined best-in-class connectivity, power and motion control solutions will provide the space industry.”

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