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Infrastructure

Above: Semiconductor processing equipment in MDL’s cleanrooms are utilized by researchers to fabricate improved sensors for instrumentation. Above: Semiconductor processing equipment in MDL’s cleanrooms are utilized by researchers to fabricate improved sensors for instrumentation.

Infrastructure & Capabilities

The sophisticated semiconductor processing that takes place in the MDL requires complex integrated building systems and equipment. These closely monitored state-of-the-art capabilities installed in ultraclean environments form the foundation of MDL’s technical implementation and innovation.

While industrial “fabs” are usually designed for mass production of devices using a single set of standard processes, operations in MDL are much more flexible, allowing research, development, and smallscale production of a broad range of devices, wafer sizes, wafer thicknesses, and material families. MDL processes involve superconducting materials and, as a result, equipment is often custom built for specific requirements.

Despite this flexibility and the diverse operations, sufficient controls are in place to also allow processing of flight deliverables, and MDL has a long track record of successfully doing this. Over the last quarter of a century of MDL’s operations, numerous infrastructure systems in MDL have not only been maintained, but also have been renewed and upgraded to maintain its cutting-edge capabilities.