Boosting the local space industry is one of important goals of Taiwan’s third phase national space program. In order to assist local electronics manufacturers in upgrading their technologies from traditional electronic foundry to a space-level supplier of radiation-hardened electronic components, seven domestic units, which specialize in radiation test and analysis, have formed a Taiwan space radiation environment verification & testing alliance and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at National Space Organization (NSPO) on July 21. The seven units are: NSPO; Chang Gung Medical Foundation Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Chang Gung Memorial Hospital); Chang Gung University/Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Institute for Radiological Research (Chang Gung University); Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan; Integrated Service Technology (iST); Institute of Physics (IoP), Academia Sinica; Nuclear Science & Technology Development Center (NSTDC), National Tsing Hua University. This milestone is a big step forward for completing Taiwan’s space environmental testing capability.
In this alliance, NSPO is responsible for the contact of point and technical consultant. iST provides the test auxiliary equipment and software. INER performs total ionizing dose test. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has high energy proton facility that can perform single-event effects test. NSTDC uses high energy gamma rays to simulate a radiation environment. IoP and Chang Gung University carry out the post-test data analysis. The radiation test environment has been fully set up in domestic through strategic cooperation so that this alliance can offer a one-stop service of radiation testing to domestic enterprises.
In recent years, radiation-hardened electronic components market is growing rapidly. A large number of components have been widely used in space, aerial, military, medical, and nuclear facilities. According to the market research report from Verified Market Research, radiation hardened electronics market was valued at USD 1,049.5 Million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 1,529.9 Million by 2027.
The radiation test service provided from this alliance covers different levels of radiation energy for a variety of applications. Through this alliance, the local industries can obtain the domestic radiation test opportunity so that they may expand the business from the earth to space or other fields in the future.
Signing Ceremony - Taiwan Space Radiation Environment Verification & Testing Alliance