The miniaturisation of microelectronic components, combined with increasingly globalised production and very high volumes, have made it possible to radically reduce the manufacturing costs of these microprocessors, which has led to a continuous democratisation, optimisation and development of the range of consumer products that use them (smartphones, computers, watches, televisions, etc.).
The challenge of this miniaturisation has been to develop in parallel products (smaller, more powerful, faster, less energy consuming MEMS, etc.), but also manufacturing processes that make this type of manufacturing more reliable and faster. In this race for miniaturisation, nanotechnologies correspond to the manufacture and manipulation of elements of nanometric dimensions (one billionth of a metre, the size of atoms).
Within the sector, the evolution of product parameters (size, price, power, consumption, durability, etc.) has been progressively overtaken by certain "process" parameters reflecting the efficiency of the industrial tool:
Control and stability of the manufacturing environment
Complexity, reliability and repeatability of manufacturing equipment at each stage of the process
Scalability of the process and the ability to interface with R&D and to change production/products quickly
Security of the supply chain, especially for raw materials (rare earths, silicon, etc.).
The manufacture and final development of certain space and/or aeronautical equipment require an ultra-clean environment, in particular with regard to chemical (VOCs, outgassing of materials, pollution of optics, etc.) and particulate pollution.
In parallel with the major international space issues where the major powers are both competitors and partners (New International Space Station, development of activity on the moon, going to Mars, etc.), the world market for small satellites in low orbit has been expanding rapidly for several years, driven not only by countries but also by large private industrial groups, the majority of which belong to the telecommunications and earth observation sector.
Particularly through its subsidiary Faure QEI, established since the 1990s in the Grenoble area and its participation in the development of major regional players over more than 25 years, ATRIX is familiar with the processes (deposition, lithography, etching, epitaxy, etc.) and equipment (implanter, etching equipment, MOCVD, oven, scrubber, etc.) used in the microelectronics industry. Thus, our group is able to propose environments and utilities that take into account their specific constraints.
Similarly, the group's involvement in the space and aeronautics sectors and its R&D capabilities (influence of the outgassing of materials constituting a clean room on the product/process hosted, 3D simulation, etc.) enable it to identify for its customers the best compromise between the technical constraints, the spatial constraints and the investment and operating costs of these environments.
At the various stages of project design and implementation, ATRIX adapts to the needs of its customers and offers them an optimised, modular and scalable research and/or production environment over the long term.
With the support of all the group’s expertise, our architects and project engineers manage our project management, project management assistance or engineering operations integrated into design and construction contracts. ATRIX is thus able to commit to results objectives in terms of performance, costs and schedules.
Capacity studies, sizing and implementation of processes
Assistance with testing and commissioning
Acceptance and qualification operations
Through its areas of activity, ATRIX offers a complete range of consulting and expertise adapted to high-tech industries. The interventions are part of framework contracts or specific missions, the conclusions of which provide the necessary clarifications for the arbitrations that the prescribers of the ATRIX group wish to carry out.