Every gram counts: SCHOTT launches lightweight microelectronic packages for aerospace

Monday, September 18, 2023, Mainz, Germany

  • SCHOTT’s new hermetic packages weigh up to two-thirds less than conventional microelectronic packages made of kovar.
  • Made of aluminium, the new packaging is designed to protect against the harsh conditions of aviation and space.
  • SCHOTT’s lightweight microelectronic packages can be used as microwave / RF packages, DC/DC converter packages, and hermetic sensor packages, especially in aircraft and satellite applications.
In today’s fast-paced commercial aerospace market, companies need materials that are both lightweight and durable enough to withstand hostile, demanding environments. SCHOTT’s new lightweight microelectronic packages meet this challenge by delivering the same reliable, long-lasting protection for avionics while slashing their weight by up to two-thirds compared to traditional electronic packaging made from kovar. As a long-time partner to the industry, SCHOTT has designed its latest product to help make aviation and space missions lower in cost.
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SCHOTT’s latest microelectronic packages are lightweight and durable enough to withstand demanding environments, while delivering reliable, long-lasting protection for avionics.

Electronics for aviation and space have a number of mission critical uses, such as in communications, navigation systems, and propulsions monitoring. SCHOTT’s new lightweight microelectronic packages help protect sensitive electronics, like radio frequency designs, DC/DC converters, and sensor components.  “Over the last few years, we’ve been excited to see more customers interested in hermetic packaging for aerospace applications. We know that for them, every gram counts,” said Georg Mittermeier, optoelectronics product manager at SCHOTT. “That’s why we’ve designed our new lightweight packages to provide the same reliable protection for avionics with up to two-thirds less weight.”

Aviation and space manufacturers face similar challenges, such as designing products that can fly in harsh environments and reducing overall costs associated with weight.  Ensuring electronic equipment functions reliably through extreme temperature changes and mechanical stresses requires special protection against these conditions. SCHOTT’s lightweight microelectronic packages deliver reliable protection for these electronics due to their superior robustness, while delivering the cost-saving advantages of their lightweight construction.

Partnering with industry to create extraordinary materials

SCHOTT provides its customers with glass-ceramics, specialty glass, and glass-to-metal seals for aerospace applications. Due to their extraordinary properties, such as radiation resistance, and thermal and mechanical stability, SCHOTT’s products are ideally suited to realize projects even in the most hostile environments.


Lightweight Microelectronic Packages Product Information
SCHOTT Products for Aviation, Astro & Space

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SCHOTT’s new microelectronic packages come up to two-thirds lighter than traditional kovar packages.

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SCHOTT’s lightweight microelectronic packages protect sensitive electronics.

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Pioneering. Responsibly. Together.

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry. Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for almost 140 years. Represented in over 30 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy & Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2022, its 17,200 employees generated sales of 2.8 billion euros. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group's dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.

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Elisabeth Harvey, PR & Communications Manager
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PR & Communications Manager