COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2 May 2013. Officials of the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency are extending their agreement with SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., to remanufacture obsolete and unavailable critical electronic parts for military programs in the Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits (GEM) program.
The DLA Land and Maritime division in Columbus, Ohio, this week awarded SRI International a three-year maximum $32.5 million contract for the GEM program, which looks to SRI for full-scale production of obsolete electronics that meet the form, fit, function, and interface of original devices that have become obsolete.
Sarnoff Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of SRI International Corp., has run the GEM program since 1988.
SRI’s GEM program provides a permanent solution to the problem of microelectronics obsolescence, company officials say. Use of GEM devices prevents production shutdown while maintaining system integrity, substantially reducing operation and sustainment costs, and increasing semiconductor and microcircuit aftermarket potential.
The DLA developed GEM technology with SRI more than 25 years ago as a continuing source of form, fit, function, and interface (F3I) replacements. Using SRI’s onsite design, test, and foundry capabilities, the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certified GEM program makes military-quality replacements for non-procurable microcircuits.
-- Sarnoff to design and produce replacement ICs for DLA and DSCC
-- GEM program meets DOD requirements, does not compete with industry
-- Global war on terrorism intensifies the problem of obsolete parts.
This method establishes support for production, redesign, and sustainment requirements throughout the life of the system. GEM technology emulates microcircuits from a broad range of technology families to meet the specifications of original devices (physical, electrical, quality, and environmental) without requiring system documentation changes. Once a device has been emulated, a continuing source for the microcircuit is established, and the obsolescence cycle is broken.
The GEM program has emulated more than 400 different designs within the government owned library. This has reduced the engineering charges associated with the cost of design, SRI officials say.
The GEM program has developed a customer base that has helped military service repair facilities and original equipment manufacturers to avoid interruptions during current production runs.
On this latest contract SRI International will do the GEM work in Menlo Park, Calif., and Princeton, N.J., and should be finished in April 2016.