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Posted: June 30, 2008
BAE Systems to Develop Nano-Sensor Technology in Agreement with Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies
(Nanowerk News) BAE Systems -- under an agreement with Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc., -- will co-produce nano-sensor technology that will leverage both companies' expertise for use in military, commercial, and homeland security applications.
As a foundry and business development partner with Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies, BAE Systems' Microelectronics Center in Nashua, New Hampshire, will further develop Micromem designs and manufacturability for advanced magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) products. The goal is to bring the designs to maturity and begin production of gallium arsenide-based nano-sensors that offer features such as very high-speed and low-power capability, radiation-hardness, and overall robustness.
"Foundry facilities are very expensive, and development work on new products is highly capital-intensive," said Gino Manzo, foundry director at BAE Systems in Nashua. "This arrangement will advance technology and design maturity for products developed by Micromem by giving both companies the means to produce devices for a wide range of commercial and military uses."
Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies' patented submicron nano-sensor, based on MRAM technology, also can be designed for use in highly accurate magnetometers -- instruments used to measure the strength and/or direction of magnetic fields -- and for threat-detection solutions for defense and homeland security.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded GBP 15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.