JMAR Semiconductor Inc. (JSI) today announced it has been awarded a $4.3 million contract to build custom chips for military use.
Using licensed CMOS technology and proprietary gate array technology, the Chatworth, Calif. company will supply replacement microcircuits for obsolete military system electronics.
As part of the 15-month contract, the fabless company will develop, install and staff a dedicated wafer-to-packaging fabrication facility at the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) center at McClellan AFB, Sacramento.
JSI, which is a subsidiary of San Diego-based JMAR Technologies Inc., recently restructured its operations, adopting the fabless model. The masked-ASIC design house also pared down its customer base to focus on a few commercial and military markets.
The new contract marks the second time in as many weeks that JSI has been tapped by the DMEA for custom-chip production. An earlier agreement granted JSI the rights to use the DMEA facility for low-volume wafer fabrication for its non-government customers.
New technological capabilities gained through the DMEA contracts "will further broaden the range of products and services that JSI can offer to the commercial marketplace in the near future," Martinez noted.