World’s Highest Performance Automotive-Qualified Adaptive Devices

Xilinx ZYNQ

Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC Portfolio 
Now Scales from Edge Sensors to Domain Controllers.

Xilinx introduces two new additions to the Xilinx Automotive (XA) MPSoC family, XAZU7 and XAZU11, which enable complex domain controllers to perform: 

  • Data Aggregation, Pre-processing, and Distribution (DAPD)
  • Compute Acceleration

With the highest real-time adaptive compute performance in the XA family, these two new devices enable carmakers, robotaxi developers, and Tier-1 suppliers to accelerate the deployment of autonomous vehicles on the road today.

More Xilinx products.

Spirit Electronics Adds High-Reliability VPT Components

PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 7, 2019) – Value-added distributor Spirit Electronics expands its offering of high reliability product lines with the addition of VPT Components, which manufactures semiconductors for critical applications in the harshest of environments. 

VPT provides high-reliability discrete semiconductor products for the military, defense, satellite and aerospace industries. Their growing product portfolio includes MIL-PRF-19500 qualified transistors and diodes. Custom products and packaging services are also available.

VPT’s transistor product portfolio includes NPN and PNP small signal bipolar and medium and high-power switching; Silicon Controlled Rectifiers; NPN and PNP qualified radiation hardened transistors; MOSFETS, and JANHC and JANKC qualified chips. All bipolar transistor products are qualified to MIL-PRF-19500 slash sheets and are offered in JAN, JANTX, JANTXV, JANS, and JANSR quality levels where applicable.

The VPT diode product portfolio includes zeners, general purpose switching diodes, temperature compensated zener reference diodes, Schottky diodes, current regulator diodes and JANHC and JANKC qualified diode chip products.

“VPT Components provides the quality and reliability that our defense and aerospace customers require,” said Marti McCurdy, CEO of Spirit Electronics. “Adding VPT to our linecard expands our offering of mission critical component and services for high-reliability markets.”

“With over 100-years of combined experience in the military and aerospace high-reliability marketspace, the VPT Components leadership team has the knowledge to deliver the highest quality products into the JAN segments and solve Spirit customers’ critical needs,” said Dr. Joseph Benedetto, President and CEO of VPT Components.

Celebrating Two Anniversaries and a Move!

Spirit Electronics is moving!

Spirit Electronics is celebrating 40 Years in Business! We are also celebrating the 2 Year Anniversary of CEO Marti McCurdy‘s inspiring leadership that has made Spirit Electronics soar!

“Now that the acquisition of 2017 is well behind us, our vision is coming into focus. We have more than doubled the employee staff and more than doubled our revenue. We have new contracts in place with our largest suppliers to make our offerings more streamlined on deliveries and more affordable to clients. We are completing the remodel of a building we bought … to provide both a better financial model and expansion options for our continued growth.”

– Marti McCurdy, Phoenix Business Journal, September 20, 2019

Spirit Electronics is relocating its headquarters to a larger, upgraded facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The new facility is located eight miles from our current location (get directions here). We are making the move to obtain more capacity to be of even greater service to you.

Spirit Electronics' new building.
Team Spirit’s first meeting at the fabulous table in our new conference room!

Spirit Electronics to Offer Susumu Thin Film Resistors

Susumu

Spirit Electronics today announced a distribution agreement with Susumu International Inc., a specialist in thin film technologies and thin film resistors. Susumu develops and manufactures metal thin film chip resistorswith high precision, high reliability and high power characteristics.

Susumu’s RG Series thin film resistors are rated as the most reliable, accurate and precise thin film resistors in the industry. Susumu’s products are all RoHS compliant and the company is accredited for ISO9001, 14001 and TS16949.

Spirit Electronics will also be selling Susumu’s KRL Series metal foil low resistance chip resistor, the most precise current sensing resistor on the market. It has smaller package sizes with more power than any of its competitors.

 “Susumu products’ renowned quality is important to our customers in the avionics, defense, medical and communications industries. Expanding our line card with Susumu products ensures our customers have access to the best technologies available,” says Marti McCurdy, CEO of Spirit Electronics.

“Susumu is excited to be part of Spirit Electronics’ rapidly growing offerings. Our collaboration with Spirit will allow Susumu to provide top-rated thin film technologies for more customers who require superior electronics performance,” says Yuzo Kamimura, Susumu President.

About Susumu

Susumu, the largest thin-film resistor OEM in the world, has been the global leader for thin film components for 55 years, serving telecommunication & networking, computers & storage devices, power supply equipment, test & measuring equipment, medical equipment, as well as automotive and consumer electronics.

Susumu is headquartered in Japan and has sales offices in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany and Singapore.

More about Susumu.

New RoHS/REACH Compliant, MIL-STD-1553 Lab Rated Cables

MilesTek Mil Std Cables
Demanding military and R&D applications require cables that can tolerate an extreme temperature range while being able to offer the highest levels of performance.
To address such applications, MilesTek has just launched a new series of Lab rated MIL-STD-1553 cable assemblies that are RoHS and REACH compliant. 
Features include:
  • -20C to +75C temperature range  
  • 2-slot and 3-slot TRB & TRS plugs and jacks, bulkhead jacks, insulted and non-insulted connectors
  • Blunt cut-end assemblies
  • Off-the-shelf lengths from .03 meters to 6 meters (model dependent)
  • RoHS and REACH compliant

MilesTek’s new Lab Rated, MIL-STD-1553 Cable Assemblies are in stock and available for same-day shipping. Get a quote today.

Spirit Electronics and EPC to Provide Data Packs for eGaN® Power Devices

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC,) in partnership with Spirit Electronics, will provide manufacturing lot-specific data services for their industry-leading gallium nitride-based power devices.

Spirit Electronics announces a partnership with EPC to provide an expanded range of manufacturing lot-specific data services for their industry-leading enhancement-mode gallium nitride (GaN) devices.

“Our partnership with Spirit Electronics provides the opportunity for EPC to complement Spirit’s extensive history and proven successful track record in working with defense and aerospace customers,” commented Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of EPC. “Offering lot-specific data services related to our eGaN power semiconductor products will enable us to bring additional value to these demanding applications.”

Marti McCurdy, CEO of Spirit Electronics, noted that, “Our partnership with EPC has been an exciting addition to our portfolio of products and this new offering of lot-specific data services will further help us bring the superior performance of eGaN power transistors and ICs to defense and aerospace customers, so they can design leading-edge power system solutions.”

EPC is offering a variety of data pack services for their eGaN FETs and ICs. More information can be found at: epc-co.com/epc/Products/DataPacks.aspx

About EPC

EPC is the leader in enhancement mode gallium nitride-based power management devices. EPC was the first to introduce enhancement-mode gallium-nitride-on-silicon (eGaN) FETs as power MOSFET replacements in applications such as DC-DC converters, wireless power transfer, envelope tracking, RF transmission, power inverters, remote sensing technology (Lidar), and Class-D audio amplifiers with device performance many times greater than the best silicon power MOSFETs. EPC also has a growing portfolio of eGaN-based integrated circuits that provide even greater space, energy, and cost efficiency.

Visit the EPC web site: www.epc-co.com

eGaN is a registered trademark of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, Inc.

Spirit Electronics Receives 2018 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award

Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business instituted the annual Supplier Excellence Awards program to recognize suppliers who have provided outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements. Award candidates are judged on certain criteria, including overall quality and on-time delivery. Spirit Electronics was one of 75 companies recognized by Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business for 4-Star honors. Way to go, Team Spirit!!

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