The US Department of Defense, through the S2MARTS OTA (Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems Other Transaction Authority), based on the National Security Technology Acceleration (NSTXL) consortium, entered into an agreement with Intel to provide commercial services for contract manufacturing of semiconductor products as part of the first phase of the RAMP-C program (Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial).
The multi-stage RAMP-C program is designed to facilitate the use of the American commercial semiconductor ecosystem to produce the guaranteed advanced ASICs and other products required for defense critical systems. Intel Foundry Services, Intel's dedicated venture formed this year, will lead this effort.
“One of the most important lessons from the past year is the strategic importance of semiconductors and the value to the United States of the strong domestic semiconductor industry. Intel is the only US company that designs and manufactures logic chips at the cutting edge of technology. When we launched Intel Foundry Services earlier this year, we were delighted to make our capabilities available to a wider range of partners, including the US government, and it is good to see that this potential is being realized through programs such as RAMP-C. ” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.
Intel Foundry Services will partner with IBM, Cadence, Synopsys, and other industry leaders to meet government needs for advanced chip design and manufacturing by building an ecosystem based on Intel's 18A process technology. This is the most advanced process technology the company hopes to develop by 2025.