DOD Announces $8 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Strengthen the Domestic Microelectronics Industrial Base

MARCH 9, 2021 | DOD News

As part of the nation's effort to ensure the U.S. sustains the microelectronics manufacturing capability necessary for national and economic security, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made an $8 million award to GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF).

GF will conduct initial engineering baseline activities to move a key 45 nanometer (nm) semiconductor manufacturing processes from the East Fishkill, New York facility to the Malta, New York facility. This effort is the first step required to preserve the availability of the process for future use by DoD programs, as the process is slated to be discontinued upon the sale of the East Fish Kill facility.

This will also serve as a precursor to major efforts contemplated by the recently passed CHIPS for America Act, championed by Senator Charles Schumer, which will allow for the sustainment and on-shoring of U.S. microelectronics capability.

This $8 million award is the latest collaboration in the longstanding partnership between the DoD and GF to provide semiconductors for defense, aerospace, and other sensitive applications.

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