DMEA asks Globalfoundries to continue providing trusted microelectronics for trusted military applications

Nov. 16, 2020
The DMEA State of the Art Trusted Foundry Services project provides services to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of military microelectronics.

McCLELLAN, Calif. – Officials of the U.S. Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) in McClellan, Calif., needed a company to provide leading-edge current and legacy microelectronics and trusted processes for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies. They found their solution from Globalfoundries U.S. 2 LLC in Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

DMEA announced a $400 million order to Globalfoundries on Thursday for access to leading-edge current and legacy microelectronics and trusted processes for DOD and other federal agencies.

DMEA officials are turning to Globalfoundries because of an increase in interest for leading-edge microelectronics technology and lifetime orders for end-of-life technology. This contract modification brings to total value of the original Globalfoundries contract to $1.1 billion.

The DMEA State of the Art Trusted Foundry Services project seeks to give DOD and other government agencies access to a wide range of microelectronics services that will ensure the confidentiality and integrity of specialized devices for military applications.

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The globalization of the integrated circuit industry in recent years has made this function difficult, DMEA officials say.

The DOD Trusted Foundry program seeks to ensure that mission-critical national defense systems can obtain classified and unclassified microelectronics components like application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) from sources like GlobalFoundries that can protect the confidentiality and integrity of these devices.

This program involves design, aggregation, mask manufacturing, wafer fabrication, post-processing, packaging and assembly, test, and broker services.

From GlobalFoundries, DOD officials require leading-edge and state-of-the-art semiconductor process technologies, including military temperature ranges and radiation hardness requirements.

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The DOD needs GlobalFoundries to fabricate at least 1,200 8-inch ASIC wafers per year, as well as crucial microprocessors, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and other microelectronics components.

GlobalFoundries maintains a secret facility security clearance for manufacturing or assembly work, and otherwise will protect all trusted designs and devices with a cleared group of employees with personnel security clearances.

GlobalFoundries will maintain its expertise in leading-edge and state-of-the-art complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technologies, as well as in silicon germanium BiCMOS technologies. The company also will develop the ability to produce trusted microprocessors, graphics processors, digital signal processors, analog-to-digital converters, photonics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and other advanced microelectronics.

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The company will continue its ability to conduct dedicated prototype runs, production runs, obtain trusted masks, and provide complete ASIC services, including design, fabrication, packaging, and test.

On this contract modification GlobalFoundries will do the work in Burlington, Vt.; as well as in East Fishkill and Malta, N.Y., and should be finished in March 2021.

For more information contact GlobalFoundries online at, or the Defense Microelectronics Activity at

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