Precision microelectronics manufacturing
Microelectronics manufacturing from our state of the art facilities, Filtronic specialises in the manufacture of active and passive RF solutions for critical communications. Using highly automated processes, our manufacturing teams thrive on challenging projects where the solutions we produce push the boundaries of RF electronics and materials.
Producing precision components and hybrids to client specifications in our 24-hour production facilities, we offer contract design and microelectronic manufacturing services in both the UK and USA. Providing services that add value, make clients’ lives easier, and allow them to increase sales. We offer a range of order-fulfilment options, such as manufacturing close to market, inventory hubbing and site-kitting.
We also offer extensive volume experience to customise and adapt products, optimising them for cost-efficient volume manufacture. With our significant investment in hybrid assembly, advanced microwave test systems, military standard processes and full traceability, we offer a unique low risk and secure service.
Hybrid manufacturing services
Our hybrid contract microelectronics manufacturing services enable customers to realise their own designs using Filtronic’s precision microelectronic facilities, supported by a strong operations and manufacturing engineering team. This enables cost-effective outsourced electronics manufacture and sustained cost reduction services for customers requiring complex and high mix products to high reliability and quality levels.
Watch our video to find out more about our manufacturing capabilities. We offer contract microelectronics manufacturing services in both the UK and USA, providing cost-effective manufacture in our 24-hour production facility for both volume and high mix products.
- NETPark, Sedgefield, UK
- 13,000 square feet total size
- 2,000 square feet ISO 8 clean rooms
- 2,000 square feet engineering laboratories
- 5,000 square feet of ESD safe work area for sensitive designs
- Salisbury, USA
- 16,000 square feet total size
- 20,000 square feet under temperature control
- 5,000 square feet of ESD safe work area for sensitive designs
Microelectronic manufacturing services (USA)
Filtronic offers competitive contract assembly and test services for a range of sectors including critical communications; telecom infrastructure and aerospace & defence from our Salisbury, Maryland site.
An overview of services include:
- Quick-turn electronics assembly
- Equipment build-up (including rack, stack and commissioning)
- Equipment and operational testing
- Repair depot with embedded process audit
Customised manufacturing solutions
Fully automated front end assembly including epoxy and solder dispense, die and component attach technology, wire bonding (ball, wedge and ribbon). Additional facilities include air cavity packaging and hermetic sealing.
All processes are supported by our in-house leading manufacturing engineers and process engineering teams.
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We have a wide range of skill sets including:
- RF system engineers
- MMIC specialists
- Filter specialists
- Electronic and PCB layout designers
- Mechanical design
- Process engineers
- Software and firmware experts
In-house testing for complete quality assurance
Uniquely, many of our products are manufactured and tested in-house at our state-of-the-art high-volume manufacturing facilities. This enables us to develop tailored, rigorous, robust testing at every stage of production.
Test facilities include:
- Electrical testing DC to >114GHz
- Environmental & stress screening
- 100% electrical characterisation over full operating temperatures
- Destructive and non-destructive tests
- Die level MMIC wafer acceptance testing and characterisation
- Pre and post-lid tests
- Module calibration
- Fully automated, software controlled volume testing
Process control for full traceability
Our robust proprietary microelectronic manufacturing and process control system ensures real-time organisation wide access to material traceability, inventory management, WIP tracking, SPC, yield reporting and on-time delivery.
Real time throughout and yield tracking
- Displays throughput and yield by process
- Can be filtered by Job, Product, Sequence, Site
- Displayed by Hour/Shift /Day /Week/Month
- Define work flow.
- WIP track individual parts.
- Assemblies must progress through the defined process flow.
- Ensures operators are trained for processes.
- ESD controls are auto-enforced.
Detailed item status
- Parent/child assemblies and sub-assemblies have unique serial numbers for full material control and traceability.
Epoxy dispense and die attach
Fully automated epoxy dispense and component placement equipment provides tightly controlled, accurate and repeatable component attach.
- Deep access epoxy dispense capability
- Accuracy of 35um and repeatability of 15um
Die and component attach technology includes; Epoxy, Eutectic, Silver Sinter with an X/Y placement accuracy +/- 10 microns and the capability to pick from gel, waffle pack and reel.
Filtronic’s fully automated wire bonding capabilities include wedge, ribbon and ball. Our team of highly trained and experienced wire bond operators ensure that all work is carried out to the highest standard. Robust & reliable wire bond process capabilities are developed by optimising and tightly controlling the key wire bond process and material parameters. Ball shear and wire pull test are used as tools to qualify and centre the process. Sample ball shear and pull test are then used during manufacture in order to maintain high levels of quality & yield
Air cavity package
Filtronic mixes GaAs, GaN and Silicon die in a single package offering unprecedented integration and system cost savings. To meet increasing demands for integration and cost reduction, Filtronic has developed a range of proprietary MMICs which are packaged in miniature surface mount multi chip modules enabling manufacture in mass SMT lines.
Supply chain resilience
Filtronic has a well-established global supply chain with strong supplier partnerships, and our buying power is increased by leveraging demand from multiple clients, which can result in significant BoM cost reduction. Our supplier partnerships include MMIC foundry and semiconductor vendors.
As part of the product design and microelectronic manufacture process Filtronic offer a comprehensive range of screening services. Filtronic has a range of in-house thermal HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening) chambers which provide rapid temperature cycling of up to 60°C/Min ramp rate for screening out latent defects.
At Filtronic we have the capacity, experience and the expertise to design and manufacture high performance RF products at Microwave and mmWave. We are equally comfortable manufacturing to a customer’s design, as we are designing and manufacturing our own high-performance products. Alternatively, we love working with our clients, fusing their core competencies with ours to optimise their original design.
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