Our history

MAGICS Instruments NV (MAGICS®) is a spin-off company from KU Leuven (Europe’s most innovative university ranked by Reuters), and SCK•CEN (the largest research institute in Belgium for nuclear technologies, nuclear medicine, and astronautics). MAGICS’ core competence lies in the design of CMOS integrated circuits (IC) and system-on-chips (SoC).

MAGICS is specialized in designing radiation-hardened ICs for space and nuclear applications, that are tolerant to single-event and total-ionizing-dose effects. MAGICS addresses customers’ demands by offering ASIC solutions, customized IC design services or IP licensing. The company also has easy access to various kinds of irradiation facilities, e.g., x-ray, cobalt-60, two-photon absorption laser, heavy ion, and proton.

At present, the MAGICS’ rad-hard technology is qualified under extreme radiation conditions and well received by our customers. From 2008 to 2017, MAGICS has successfully delivered several radiation-hardened integrated circuits development projects, including: picosecond time-to-digital converter for a pulsed-mode time-of-flight Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system; MGy radiation tolerant sensor instrumentation link for nuclear environment; closed-loop motor control electronics for intelligent remote handling at ITER.

Most recently, due to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), MAGICS is also investing and creating solutions to bring machine learning and deep learning capabilities into low-power sensor devices, to enable intelligent sensing and smart robots/machines in harsh environments, and beyond.