Spin-off makes electronics with high radiation resistance
Magics Instruments of Mol has developed microchips that last 1,000 times longer in high radiation environments like space and nuclear facilities
Exposure to radiation reduces the lifespan and reliability of electronics. Magics Instruments has created microchips that keep functioning in high radiation environments 1,000 times longer than the best technology currently available. The chips offer new possibilities for use during space missions and in the nuclear sector.
“With our chips, robots and inspection tools in nuclear plants could carry out work that would be life-threatening for people,” explained CEO Jens Verbeeck in a statement. “Our technology could also provide an enormous added value during nuclear disasters like the one in Fukushima.”
Magics Instruments would like to eventually provide solutions for specific nuclear applications like the management of nuclear waste and the dismantling of nuclear plants. The company was founded last October and builds on research carried out over seven years at KU Leuven and SCK-CEN. Founders Verbeeck and Ying Cao, KU Leuven, SCK-CEN and the Gemma Frisius Fonds invested a total of €350,000 to launch the company.
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