Sandia starts silicon wafer production for three nuclear weapon programs
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 3:24pm
Sandia National Laboratories has begun making silicon wafers for three nuclear weapon modernization programs, the largest production series in the history of its Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex.
MESA’s silicon fab in October began producing base wafers for Application-Specific Integrated Circuits for the B61-12 Life Extension Program, W88 Alteration 370 and W87 Mk21 Fuze Replacement nuclear weapons. Planning and preparation took years and involved more than 100 people.
About the photo: Sandia’a Dana Pulliam enters information before running an operation in Sandia’s MESA complex. The fab has begun making silicon wafers for three nuclear weapon programs in the largest production series in MESA’s history.