SOURCE: Intersil


August 08, 2012 11:00 ET

Intersil Rad-Hard Technology Supports Historic Curiosity Mission

34 Intersil Radiation-Hardened ICs Onboard the Mars Curiosity Rover

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) - Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors, today announced it has 34 unique radiation-hardened and single-event effects hardened ICs onboard the latest space mission, Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity).

Intersil's history and experience in the space and defense industries span almost six decades, beginning with the founding of Radiation, Inc. in 1950. Since then, virtually every satellite, shuttle launch and deep-space mission has included Intersil products. Today, Intersil continues its heritage of supplying rad-hard products to the latest space laboratory, the rover Curiosity. The broad range of Intersil parts supporting the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) includes everything from various voltage regulators to MOSFET drivers and dual analog switches to quad differential line receivers. 

"We are incredibly proud and honored to be designed into this historic mission to Mars," said Susan Hardman, Senior Vice President of the Analog and Mixed Signal Product Group at Intersil. "This reaffirms Intersil's commitment to the global space community and continued investment in our state-of-the-art testing facility."

Intersil supports and releases industry-leading SMD, /883, and Class-V/Q radiation hardened products for the defense, hi-reliability and space marketplaces. All Intersil SMD products are MIL-PRF-38535/QML compliant and are 100% burned in.

  • ~300 space-qualified radiation hardened products available 
  • Consistent design and manufacturing in Intersil's MILPRF-38535-qualified facility located in Palm Bay, Florida  
  • Intersil is one of only 15 RHA Defense Logistics Agency (Land and Maritime) QML suppliers  
  • All products are fully Class V (space level) compliant 
  • All products are on individual DLA SMD drawings

For additional information on Intersil's space, defense and hi-reliability solutions or on its low dose rate radiation testing facility, please visit:

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