General Dynamics names JMAR as Pentagon semiconductor manufacturer

SAN DIEGO, 27 Dec. 2005. JMAR Technologies, Inc. announced that its Microelectronics Division has been awarded additional funding under an existing Letter Subcontract from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS) in the amount of $400,000.

Dec 27th, 2005

SAN DIEGO, 27 Dec. 2005. JMAR Technologies, Inc. announced that its Microelectronics Division has been awarded additional funding under an existing Letter Subcontract from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS) in the amount of $400,000.

Under the terms of this subcontract, JMAR will continue to enhance and maintain the semiconductor fabrication processes installed at the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)'s Advanced Reconfigurable Manufacturing for Semiconductors (ARMS) foundry in Sacramento, Calif.

GDAIS, a prime contractor for the DMEA, issued JMAR this subcontract as a Department of Defense (DOD) Advanced Technology Support Program (ATSP) element. The subcontract, originally issued in February 2005, extends through February 2006 when negotiations for a new contract are scheduled. This extension brings the total subcontract amount to $2.3 million.

"This contract extension marks a continuation of the strong, productive relationship between JMAR and both General Dynamics and the DMEA. Our Microelectronics team remains fully committed to sustaining and improving the ARMS foundry in accordance with the DMEA vision," said Ronald A. Walrod, JMAR's president and CEO.

Under a contract awarded by GDAIS in 1998, JMAR supported the DMEA in the design, construction and commissioning of the ARMS foundry, and since then has played a key role in the installation and implementation of that foundry's chip fabrication processes. JMAR maintains a semiconductor process engineering, operations and maintenance group adjacent to DMEA's facility in Sacramento. JMAR will perform the work under this contract on-site.

"JMAR's semiconductor processing group is unique in its ability to provide the DMEA with the highly specialized, long-term support it needs for the evaluation, selection, installation and implementation of these new semiconductor manufacturing processes. Our support has been instrumental in helping the DMEA fulfill its increasingly vital role in the nation's defense. We believe that the DMEA's success will bring with it the possibility of further collaboration and increase the value of the essential services JMAR provides," Walrod said.

The DOD established the DMEA to solve the problem of microelectronics obsolescence over the extended lifetime of weapon systems. Its mission and capability is recognized as both unique and critical for the DOD as well as for other branches of the U.S. government, including NASA, the FAA and the Department of Transportation.

The DMEA's advanced technology services and facilities are also available on a dual-use basis to the private sector through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA). These agreements position the private sector to use those processes aimed at enhancing the ARMS foundry, for commercial product manufacturing. For more information, see www.dmea.osd.mil.

The ARMS foundry is a custom integrated circuit prototyping facility responsible for producing critical innovative microcircuits to replace obsolete military system electronics, thereby extending the operational lifetimes of those systems for substantial periods with attendant savings to the U.S. government. The foundry has more than a hundred engineering and support specialists in order to design and develop analog, digital, and mixed signal integrated circuits and hybrid and multi-chip module products.

JMAR Technologies, Inc. develops laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nano-scale. The company is leveraging over a decade of laser and photonics research to develop a diverse portfolio of products with commercial applications in rapidly growing industries while continuing to carry out research and development for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and support for the U.S. Government's Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) semiconductor fabrication facility.

JMAR is targeting the nanotechnology, bioscience and semiconductor industries with its Britelight Laser; X-ray Light Source; Compact X-ray Microscope -- for 3D visualization of single cells and polymers; and its X-ray Nano Probe -- enabling interaction, analysis and materials modification at the nano-scale. JMAR also develops, manufactures and markets its BioSentry microorganism early warning system and maintains a strategic alliance for the production of the READ chemical sensor for homeland security, environmental and utility infrastructure industries. For more information, see www.jmar.com.

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