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Some technology applications used by the Defense Microelectronics Activity include:

Advanced Digital Microelectronics Technologies

Hybrids and Multi-Chip Modules

Gallium Arsenide/Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits

Gamma Irradiation

 

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Advanced Digital Microelectronics Technologies
DMEA’s entry into the field of advanced digital technologies started with an assignment in 1981 for Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) technology. Since then its role has grown to encompass the larger digital application regime. DMEA understands the technical strengths and weaknesses of the technology as well as the logistics implications of each type and can identify optimal design and system support approaches. Applications range from microprocessors to digital signal processing to single-chip computers.

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Hybrids and Multi-Chip Modules
Hybrids were originally developed because of shortfalls in the then-available packaging technologies. DMEA provides alternative solutions to the classic hybrid redesign. We can reduce the number of internal components or replace hybrid circuits with monolithic/single chips. Applications range from power assemblies, actuator controls, system sensors, voltage regulators, receiver and radar modules to mixed signal assemblies.

Multi-chip modules are an outgrowth of hybrid, modular electronics, and integrated circuit technologies. Applications range from consolidation of functions of a next higher assembly to collocation of related functional blocks.

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Gallium Arsenide/Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits
In addition to supporting the classic analog product lines, DMEA provides expertise in the microwave and millimeter-wave areas. The dual role of engineer/logistician is an advantage because of the art involved in developing these specialized products. Applications range from transmitter/receiver modules to mixers and amplifiers.

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Gamma Irradiation
DMEA uses two J.L. Shepherd gamma irradiators to determine the effects of gamma radiation on microelectronic and photonic components and systems. The high-dose irradiator contains 19,200 curies of Co60, the highest curie content of any J.L. Shepherd 81-22 irradiator ever made.

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“Please accept my appreciation for the outstanding support that you provide to the warfighter. By ensuring expedient delivery of [your] team to Aviano AB, Italy, you ensured that our pilots had the finest technology available to rehearse their combat missions. This capability is vital to the warfighter-and your efforts made it happen.”

David L. Vesely, Lieutenant General, USAF

One option in replacing obsolete parts is to simultaneously upgrade the functionality of the system. Learn more about Advanced Technology Insertion
 
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