AT&S supplies printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuit (IC) substrates to companies worldwide, with medical devices being one of our key industries. We have been active in the industry for more than 30 years and currently employ more than 15,000 colleagues.
We aim to stand out from other PCB suppliers through our passion for innovation, broad and flexible technology setup, and dedicated service and support for our partners.
Custom-printed circuit boards for medical devices
AT&S has partnered with medical device companies for more than ten years, developing and promoting new PCB technologies for their products.
Our operations are supported by a dedicated medical team consisting of business development and engineering experts worldwide. The team is familiar with the special requirements of the medical device industry and passionate about driving innovation and enabling solutions.
Our partners choose to work with AT&S because of our process knowledge and efficiency, as well as our ability to scale innovation and technological leverage between customer segments. We produce PCBs of the highest quality through our experience in IPC Class III, offering various test and qualifications standards.
AT&S operates six production facilities worldwide, these facilities enable us to develop PCBs quickly from the prototype stage to serial production, with a strategic focus on high-end technologies and applications combined with an ISO 13485-certified quality management system.
Products that use AT&S solutions include cardiac bionics, hearing aids and cochlear implants, neuromodulation, wearables, diagnostic and imaging, catheters, prosthetics, and drug delivery systems.
Micro-scale medical device technology and innovation
AT&S provides cutting-edge technologies to enable the latest developments in the medical industry. We develop for and in partnership with our customers to meet their individual requirements and give them an edge over their competitors.
A particular focus for us is in miniaturisation, which is playing an increasingly large role in the field of medicine. From implants such as cardiac pacemakers and neurostimulators to hearing aids and wearable monitoring systems, high-end medical applications are becoming smaller to increase patients’ comfort as much as possible. This requires additional, more powerful components to enable new features and increase the functionality of these devices.
Below is a short overview of AT&S’ technology portfolio:
- Flexible and rigid-flexible PCBs: these are suitable for a range of medical devices, including surgical tools, biochips, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications.
- Embedded component packaging PCBs: these allow a wide variety of microelectronic components to be integrated directly into the PCB in several layers.
- IC substrates: also known as flip-chip technology, these allow complex integrated circuits to be connected to PCBs while saving space.
- High-density interconnected PCBs: more compact than standard PCBs due to their multi-layer structure, these can connect components with shorter and faster signal paths.
- Multilayer PCBs: comprising several layers, these PCBs save space and ensure fast connections between components.
- Modules: standard modules fulfil specific electrical functions within a system, while miniaturised modules help reduce overall system size.
- Thermal-enhanced PCBs: inlay PCBs made with copper coin inlays, which allow heat to be dissipated selectively and prevent overheating.
- High-frequency and high-speed PCBs: future 5G cellular networks and radar stations will work with high signal frequencies (mmWave), requiring new PCB solutions.
Forward-thinking design to support new trends and applications
AT&S understands that the medical market is constantly changing and innovating amid trends such as e-health and digitalisation, with consumers paying more attention to their health and seeking new devices to meet their needs.
Working in partnership with our clients, we draw on our broad technology portfolio and innovations in other sectors to develop the most suitable solution for customers’ needs. Our manufacturing process covers both prototype and series production, ensuring fast and smooth development cycles.
AT&S provides high-end PCBs and IC substrates for the mobile device, automotive, industrial, and medical sectors. Initially founded via a merger of several state-owned Austrian firms, the company was privatised and sold in 1994 and has since begun trading on the Vienna Stock Exchange.
We currently operate six production facilities in Europe and Asia, with each facility focusing on a different technology portfolio. The research units at our plants in Shanghai, China, and Leoben, Austria, play a key role in advancing technology within the AT&S Group.