Electronics & Sensors
Nanotechnology is the future of electronics, the key to creating ever more powerful and reliable devices. Our engineers and scientists are creating that future today, incorporating a wide range of advanced nanomaterials into computer chips, chemical sensors, batteries and other applications. By engineering the unique electrical, thermal and optical properties at the nanoscale level and harnessing those properties that only exist at the nanoscale level, we are fundamentally changing the way we use materials and structures. This has the potential to revolutionize the electronics industry as a whole.
Lockheed Martin is currently working on a whole suite of nano-enabled integrated circuit devices, developing a full-scale solution, from research and development to partnering with semiconductor producers, to make carbon nanotube-based electronics.
NRAM® and CNT Field Effect Transistors
A nanotube-based/nonvolatile random access memory (NRAM®) chip is a universal memory chip suitable for countless existing and new applications in the field of electronics. NRAM memory arrays are today’s viable replacements for flash memory and will soon be ready to replace standard dynamic random-access memory chips, particularly for radiation-hardened aerospace and defense applications and power-hungry servers. Lockheed Martin engineers are using the same CNT fabric technology to develop field effect transistors that are radiation hardened and both chemically and thermally stable.
Advanced CNT Chemical Sensors
CNT are also at the heart of a new chemical sensor platform technology. These easily manufactured, reusable sensors can be designed to accurately detect a wide range of gases and volatile organic compounds in a battery-powered handheld device. This platform could potentially support a wide range of applications including monitoring systems for human spaceflight, industrial chemical detection and medical diagnostics.
CuantumFuse™ Technology: High-Performance Lead-Free Solder
Worldwide efforts to rid electronics of hazardous materials have led to a growing demand for lead-free solder. Innovation in nanomaterials led Lockheed Martin scientists to create CuantumFuse™ Technology. CuantumFuse is a nanocopper material platform technology. Nanocopper solder is a printable nanoscale copper paste that fuses at just 200 degrees Celcius to form a durable copper connection with comparable strength and superior electrical and thermal conductivity. Nanocopper is suitable for non-structural components and our engineers are developing additional formulations suitable for structural and thermal management applications.
Taking its cue from nature, Lockheed Martin is working at the intersection of nanotechnology and biology to create a host of new materials for the most demanding defense, aerospace, and other commercial applications. These efforts, conducted in close collaboration with scientists in academic, industrial, and the U.S. military research laboratories, could deliver revolutionary changes in areas that include chemical sensing and energy storage.