Xilinx’s 16nm UltraScale+™ family

Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale

Xilinx’s new 16nm and 20nm UltraScale™ families are based on the first architecture to span multiple nodes from planar through FinFET technologies and beyond, while also scaling from monolithic through 3D ICs. At 20nm Xilinx pioneered the first ASIC-class  architecture to enable multi-hundred gigabit-per-second levels of system performance with smart processing at full line rates, scaling to terabits and teraflops. At 16nm, UltraScale+ families combine new memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies to deliver a generation ahead of value.

CEO Marti McCurdy Profiled in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur & Bloomberg Businessweek

This article appears in the June 2019 issues of ForbesFortuneEntrepreneur and Bloomberg Businessweek magazines.

Though Marti McCurdy became the owner and CEO of Spirit Electronics less than two years ago, she is by no means an industry rookie. Spirit Electronics is, in fact, the fourth company she’s owned since her engineering post in the United States Air Force.

Her military foundation, she says, not only gave her solid technical experience, it also provided a firsthand understanding of the military’s systems and quality methods. Add to that her decades of experience in business ownership, and she was well primed for the opportunity to take the helm of Spirit Electronics, a veteran-owned, woman-owned small business that supplies products and services to the aerospace and telecommunications industries and the U.S. Department of Defense. 

But like any business venture, the opportunity still came with risks. 

“One of the greatest challenges a new business owner faces is getting the company’s employees to be as committed as you are to move the company forward. I’m grateful this team has been 100 percent behind me since day one,” she says. “I have no fear of diving in, just an insatiable drive to get in there and see how much we can do with the existing capabilities to grow and expand beyond our current potential.”

Tangible Results

Within her first year of ownership, McCurdy doubled the number of employees and doubled the revenue of any previous year. She streamlined and reorganized her sales force, leading to greater productivity and happier employees. “It’s about working smarter,” she says. “I’m very direct. I don’t necessarily need to hear about A to B. I care about A to Z—tell me the outcome.”

As a “cradle-to-grave” product supplier, Spirit Electronics prides itself on the highest standards of quality. “We can take a product all the way from design, to foundry, to assembly and test, and deliver a space-qualified component to the customer for military or space application,” McCurdy explains. “Because we’re a unique supplier involved in each step of the full turnkey process, we’re able to guarantee every part of the product.” 

Breaking Glass Ceilings

At any given event or conference for her industry, McCurdy is typically just one of a handful of women in a room full of men. One such meeting was in October 2018, during a roundtable discussion with President Trump, in which McCurdy was invited to join industry titans in speaking to the current climate of the military and aerospace industries. 

Her success has inspired her to encourage other young women to consider tech careers—starting with a pursuit of math and science education at a young age. “I want young girls to know that engineering and tech careers are not geeky. These fields are exciting and cutting edge,” McCurdy says. 

In the coming year, Spirit Electronics will be partnering with global agencies in the space community to revitalize the United States space program, an opportunity that is “hand and glove for us,” says McCurdy, and that will double the company’s size with new talent and extend its presence on both coasts. 

“That said, I’m very protective of our company culture and ensure that every new employee fits with our team chemistry,” she adds. “We’re all on board with giving back to our community and committed to moving forward in our careers. 

“The team is truly the backbone of this company. I’m just here to guide them.”

Marti McCurdy

Marti Mc Curdy Profile 


AVX Releases First 175°C Rated MLV Transient Voltage Suppressor

AVX is pleased to announce its latest multilayer varistor SMD solution for overvoltage protection in high-temperature applications. The VT Series now expands the temperature range of overvoltage protection to 175°C.

AVX leads the way for multilayer varistor devices by incorporating a modified grain boundary to the zinc oxide based ceramic semiconductor material that is reliable at high temperatures. Grain size and boundary interface correspond to clamping voltage, and multiple values are available. This unique design expresses qualities of back-to-back zener diodes in the on-state, with the added benefit of greater current and energy withstanding properties. In the off-state, the monolithic construction of electrodes and ceramic layers offer EMC benefits, obsoleting the need for discrete TVS diodes and EM filter capacitor on a communications bus.

Features / Benefits:

  • Multiple Strike Capability Compliant with IEC 61000-4-2 25kV Direct Contact ESD
  • Zero Temp. Derating Across Full Operating Temperature Range of -55° C to 175° C
  • AEC-Q200 Qualified
  • Low Leakage Current
  • Bi-Directional Protection + Broadband EMI Filter
  • Small 0603/0805 Case Size. Replaces TVS Diodes with Smaller Footprint
  • Applications: High temperature Automotive, Industrial & Consumer applications requiring circuit protection in a small footprint 

Spirit Welcomes New Account Managers and Pricing Analyst

April 30, 2019

Spirit Electronics, a preeminent value-added distributor based in Phoenix, Arizona, is pleased to announce its recent hire of three industry veterans: Patty Hannon and Kate Hopeman, who join Team Spirit as Strategic Account Managers; and Pam Santana, as a Pricing Analyst. They will support Spirit’s current customer base in North America, focusing on its core competency of Aerospace and Defense.  

Each has more than 20 years of experience in the defense/aerospace electronics industry at Microsemi/White Electronic Designs where they previously worked together: Hopeman as Director of Worldwide Sales, Hannon as Director of Strategic Customers, and Santana as Purchasing Manager, supplying memory, processor and GPS products to government subcontractors across many of the major weapons and aircraft platforms. The women are also active volunteers in several local community organizations.

“The knowledge and experience that these three outstanding professionals bring to our company will immediately benefit our customers through direct contact support and improved integration,” said Marti McCurdy, Spirit’s CEO. “Their ability to understand our customers’ needs and to develop strong relationships with our suppliers and customers is sure to contribute to our company’s positive growth.”

Spirit Electronics is a veteran-owned, woman-owned small business that provides elevated supply-chain solutions and electronic component distribution for global technology leaders in the aerospace, defense and communication industries. From fighter jets to guided missiles, Spirit plays a vital role in supplying world-class products and services to meet the highly demanding and rapidly changing needs of its clients.

About Spirit Electronics:

For more than three decades, Spirit Electronics has been a valued distributor and partner to key technology sectors. Our status as a VOWOSB, SDB owned-company provides diversity requirement relief to defense and aerospace customers. 

Spirit specifically offers a wide range of electronic components and world-class value-added services, including SMI, Wafer and Component Electrical Testing, Design, Assembly, and End-of-Life Management. For more information, visit www.spiritelectronics.com.

 Spirit Electronics is located in Phoenix, AZ, with sales offices in San Jose and Irvine, CA.

Spirit Electronics Receives Veteran Institute for Procurement GROW Certification

Veteran Institute for Procurement Graduate

Spirit Electronics recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) GROW Program, a comprehensive training and certification program that helps veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both military and civilian agencies they once served in uniform.

Veteran Institute for Procurement - National Center GraduateOn March 28, 2019, Spirit Electronics was one of 49 businesses from 13 states and the District of Columbia to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) GROW Program. Spirit was a guest of Lockheed Martin for attendance to the class.   

“Attaining the VIP GROW certification gives Spirit Electronics more resources, credibility and knowledge in procuring government contracts,” said Marti McCurdy, CEO of Spirit Electronics. “I’m proud to be a US veteran and grateful to continue to serve our country through our company’s business.” 

The first program of its kind in the nation, VIP GROW is conducted by professional subject-matter specialists in the essentials necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing and proposals. It also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities.

Since its launch in 2009, VIP GROW has helped 880 service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses grow.  A survey of 426 of the program’s graduates determined that the size of their businesses increased by an average of 64% within a year of graduating from the Institute. More than 82% of surveyed graduates credited VIP GROW for equipping them to make recent business decisions and avoid unseen pitfalls. Additionally, veteran-owned businesses are more likely to hire, mentor and train other war veterans as they transition to private life, which is a national priority.  

“We are honored to give back to the men and women who served our country by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed as government contractors.” said Barbara Ashe, President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. “We hope this training fosters their success as businesses and employers.”

Congressional Recognition Certificate
Spirit Achieves VIP Certificate