U.S. DoD partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES for secure chips

February 24, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
U.S. DoD partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES for secure chips
Now fully ITAR compliant, Fab 8 in Upstate New York will produce semiconductors for the DoD for the most sensitive defense and aerospace applications.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®) has announced a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to provide a secure and reliable supply of semiconductors manufactured at the GF Fab 8 in Malta, New York — its most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility. These semiconductor chips will be used in some of the DoD's most sensitive applications for land, air, sea, and space systems.

Under the agreement, GF will provide a supply of chips built at Fab 8 on its differentiated 45nm SOI platform. The agreement is made possible by Fab 8's compliance with U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and highly restrictive Export Control Classification Numbers under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The new supply agreement builds upon the longstanding partnership between the DoD and GF to provide chips for defense, aerospace, and other sensitive applications. GF currently supplies the DoD with chips manufactured at GF's other on-shore facilities, Fab 10 in East Fishkill, New York, and Fab 9 in Burlington, Vermont.

"GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a critical part of a domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry that is a requirement for our national security and economic competitiveness," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who successfully passed new federal semiconductor manufacturing incentives in last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "I have long advocated for GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a key supplier of chips to our military and intelligence community, including pressing the new Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, to further expand the Department of Defense's business with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, which will help expand their manufacturing operations and create even more jobs in Malta.”


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