CAES and SkyWater are working to advance an on-shore, DoD Trusted ecosystem for the microelectronics industry

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—CAES and SkyWater Technology recently established an agreement to advance the design and manufacturing of SkyWater’s strategic, radiation-hardened (RadHard) integrated circuits and systems-in-package, the companies said in a release.

As CAES and SkyWater work together, the evolution of this strategic RadHard microelectronic design and manufacturing ecosystem is expected to strengthen SkyWater’s DoD-accredited Trusted, on-shore semiconductor supply chain.

CAES (Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions) leverages its expertise in the design, testing, qualification, and manufacturing of RadHard high-reliability ICs and SiPs to enable ecosystem partners to collaborate on furthering U.S. national security missions. SkyWater is a U.S.-owned and U.S.-based pure-play semiconductor foundry, a U.S. DoD-accredited Trusted supplier that specializes in custom technology development services, volume manufacturing, and advanced packaging capabilities.

“CAES’s 90nm process qualification expertise for the U.S. government is unique in the industry and will be a key milestone for the modernization of U.S. strategic systems while increasing performance and lowering risk,” said Thomas Sonderman, president and CEO of SkyWater, in the release. “By partnering with CAES, we expect to accelerate our on-shore, Trusted ecosystem for strategic defense missions that require extremely specialized, radiation-immune microelectronic process technologies.”

“CAES is excited to partner with SkyWater and provide our expertise in trusted radiation hardened design and qualification to help strengthen the strategic, Trusted supply chain with products designed and manufactured here in America,” said Mike Kahn, president and CEO of CAES, in the release. “We look forward to playing our part in close collaboration with SkyWater to meet the most demanding national security missions.”

Through its Technology Foundry model, SkyWater’s operations in Bloomington, Minnesota and Kissimmee, Florida provide unique processing capabilities to enable quality production and advanced packaging for mixed-signal CMOS, power, rad-hard, and ROIC technology, SkyWater said in the release. Qualification and productization of SkyWater’s 90 nm RadHard process technology (RH90) and the development of intellectual property design libraries enable CAES and ecosystem design and manufacturing partners to produce processors, security engines, memory, interface devices, application-specific integrated circuits, and other mission-critical strategic products.

“CAES is excited to partner with SkyWater and provide our expertise in trusted radiation hardened design and qualification to help strengthen the strategic, Trusted supply chain with products designed and manufactured here in America,” said Mike Kahn, president and CEO of CAES, in the release. “We look forward to playing our part in close collaboration with SkyWater to meet the most demanding national security missions.”

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