The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into a 10-year agreement with GlobalFoundries (GF) to procure U.S. chips for vital defense and aerospace applications. The initial commitment is valued at $17.3 million, with the potential to reach $3.1 billion over the contract's duration. This partnership ensures the DoD receives top-tier, secure semiconductors from GF's highly accredited U.S. facilities.
GF's U.S. production sites hold the prestigious Trusted Supplier Category 1A accreditation, which is the highest security level. This ensures that the chips are produced with rigorous security measures in place to safeguard sensitive data and maintain the integrity of the chips. Beyond just manufacturing, the contract also encompasses other significant benefits for the DoD. They will have access to GF's expansive design ecosystem, libraries of intellectual property, and a first look at emerging technologies. This holistic approach ensures that the DoD remains at the forefront of technological advancements.
GlobalFoundries and DoD naturally do not disclose which process technologies will be used to make chips for 'a wide range of critical aerospace and defense applications,' but typically such devices use proven and mature production nodes. GlobalFoundries has plenty of them as the company is focused on specialized process technologies.
"GF is proud to begin this new chapter of our decades-long partnership with the U.S government, and to continue serving as the leading supplier of securely manufactured essential chips for the U.S. aerospace and defense industry," said Mike Cadigan, chief corporate and government affairs officer at GF. "This partnership provides DoD programs with 'front-door access' to advanced technologies in a way that is scalable and highly efficient. For this work, GF is accredited to provide the right level of security required for each program, from GF’s industry leading GF Shield protections, to strictly export controlled handling (e.g. ITAR), to the highest level of accredited microelectronics manufacturing security on the planet, Trusted Category 1A."
This contract between the DoD and GF is not new. In fact, this is the third successive 10-year contract between the two entities. Their enduring alliance underscores the trust he DoD places in GF's capabilities and the essential role GF plays in the defense sector.
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Thats a big win for GF. The abandoned leading edge nods but what they do produce is really high quality. In Albany NY we have a decent military base. So it makes sense to use GF about 35 minutes north of Albany.Reply
It was good to see GlobalFoundries getting the contract! They are also with their Fab in Dresden (Germany) the largest semiconductor manufacturer in Europe. I worked for Mubadala in Abu Dhabi and spend 14-years as an expat in the UAE including nearby Dubai! Mubadala is owned by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the current ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates and chairman of the company. Sheik Mohamed also owns among other things the ‘Global Foundries’ with 14,000 employee’s now manufacturing chips for approximately 7-percent of the semiconductor industry. I hope that we will stay friendly with the UAEReply
I was going to comment on the irony that GF is trusted with being at the cutting edge of the "arsenal of democracy" given their ownership but Tom Sunday's comment above pretty much covers it.Reply
This thread has run its course. Thank you to those who actually stayed on topic.Reply