Scrantom/NATEL Goes to Mars

When operating in the harsh environment of MARS, millions of miles from earth, 24/7 reliability is a must. No wonder JPL decided to use LTCC substrates from Scrantom for the mission. The brazed LTCC substrate and ring-frame package was critical to the weight constraints for the clock driver on this space application, while at the same time met the severe environmental specifications.
Natel is proud to be a part of the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers that have pushed Mars Exploration beyond expectations and the boundaries of science even further. Both Rovers have provided spectacular imagery and have outlived their design life of 90 Martian days many times over. JPL continues to plan exploration of different parts and special features on Mars with these Rovers, while at the same time planning for new missions. Natel expects to continue contributing to these missions.
NATEL Engineering Co. offers 30 years of microelectronics experience with advanced capabilities for a wide range of products and industries, including fully automated assembly of t/r modules, hybrids, MCM, DC/DC power supplies and chip-on-board products. NATEL holds and maintains industry specific certifications such as AS9100 and MIL-PRF-38534 (DSCC) and operates in manufacturing facilities that include 30,000 square feet of advanced clean room area. NATEL has participated in the most dramatic changes in the manufacturing of products for space, defense, medical, and the RF/Microwave industries. Through its Scrantom operations, Natel also offers a broad range of LTCC and AlN ceramics products. To learn more about NATEL, contact us at 9340 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311; phone: (800) 590-5774; fax: (800) 590-5764 e-mail:

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