12/16/2002 - Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreement with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to jointly develop a new technology for integrated circuits (ICs) used in satellites, strategic missiles and other space vehicles.
The two companies will jointly develop new ICs that will compute information faster, or at higher capacities, while withstanding the severe radiation environment in space. An IC, also called a microchip, is a single piece of silicon that can house millions of transistors.
“Our partnership with Cypress will enable us to produce much-sought-after, radiation-hardened, 0.15 micron technology by 2005 – about twice as quickly as it would take one company to do it alone,” said Eric Doremus, General Manager, Honeywell Solid State Electronics Center. “This continues Honeywell’s tradition of leading the industry in technology for space-computing applications.”
The new microchips will use Honeywell’s patented radiation-hardened Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) technology, which employs an insulating layer to protect computer chips from radiation damage in space.
Cypress will contribute technology that will reduce the size of individual transistors on the microchips to 0.15 microns – about six millionths of an inch.
This will enable placing nearly four times the quantity of transistors on each chip compared to existing capability. With the new process, 90 million to 100 million transistors can be installed on a microchip the size of a fingernail, increasing data computing volume and speed.
“Cypress is looking to develop SOI technology for use in communications ICs,” said Christopher Seams, Cypress’s Executive Vice President for Technology and Manufacturing. “Partnering with Honeywell allows us to acquire this technology quickly and cost-effectively, resulting in powerful, economical solutions for our customers.”
The new microchips will process information in satellites for a wide variety of communications needs, including telephone, television, weather imaging and military applications. They will also be used in the systems that operate satellites.
Honeywell is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power-generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics; and electronic and advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell employs more than 100,000 people in 95 countries. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON, as well as on the London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Additional information on the company is available at www.honeywell.com.
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