GF secures US$3.1 billion, 10-year contract from US government

Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded GlobalFoundries (GF) a new 10-year contract for the supply of chips for a wide range of critical aerospace and defense applications, according to the pure-play foundry.

With an initial award of US$17.3 million this month and an overall 10-year spending ceiling of US$3.1 billion, the new contract provides the DoD and its contractors with access to GF's semiconductor technologies manufactured at its US facilities. These facilities are DoD-accredited to the highest security level, Trusted Supplier Category 1A, which implements proven stringent security measures to safeguard sensitive information and manufacture uncompromised chips with the highest levels of integrity.

The new contract also provides the DoD and its contractors with access to GF's robust design ecosystem, IP libraries, early-access to new technologies in development, quick and efficient prototyping, and full-scale volume manufacturing. The contract was awarded through the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO).

This new contract is the third sequential 10-year contract of its kind between the DoD and the Trusted Foundry business team at GF and represents the latest milestone in the longstanding partnership between the DoD and GF.

"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."

GF disclosed in May 2023 that its facility in Malta, New York, was accredited by the US DoD as a Trusted Foundry with the ability to manufacture secure semiconductors for a range of critical aerospace and defense applications. These securely manufactured chips include those manufactured on GF's most advanced 12nm FinFET technologies, and will be used in DoD systems on land, air, sea, and in space.