MCNC Research & Development Institute (MCNC-RDI) recently was honored by Santa Barbara Infrared (SBIR) Inc. with an award for its work on a military infrared flight simulation training project.

SBIR recognized MCNC-RDI for its “outstanding support” of the U.S. Governmental Tri-Service Large Format Resistive Array Initiative and touted MCNC-RDI as the “greatest developmental MEMS (microelectronic mechanical systems) foundry on the planet.”

California-based SBIR, which designs and manufactures advanced electro-optic test equipment for government partners, including the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and government contractors Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, was seeking a new microfabrication and development partner to replace Honeywell Labs for its infrared emitter technology.

MCNC-RDI, which specializes in researching, developing and prototyping innovative microstructures, was selected to develop and fabricate MEMS devices for an infrared scene projector used in training pilots to precisely guide missiles to targets and for the testing of missile guidance systems.

In addition, the partnership has now expanded for MCNC-RDI to provide development and fabrication services for other recently funded SBIR research and development projects.

“We are pleased with the success of our work with Santa Barbara Infrared,” said Ken Williams, vice president of the Materials & Electronic Technologies Division at MCNC-RDI. “SBIR was faced with the challenge of finding a new partner to continue its work in infrared emitter technology. We applied our MEMS design and fabrication expertise to support SBIR’s mission and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”