DMEA is the program manager for the DoD Trusted Foundry program. The program provides a cost-effective means to assure the integrity and
confidentiality of integrated circuits during design and manufacturing while providing the US Government with access to leading edge
microelectronics technologies for both Trusted and non-sensitive applications.
DoD Instruction 5200.44,
Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted Systems and
Networks (TSN) requires that;
“In applicable systems, integrated circuit-related products and services shall be procured from a trusted supplier accredited by the Defense
Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) when they are
custom-designed, custom-manufactured, or tailored for a specific DoD military end use (generally referred to as application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs))."
DMEA accredits suppliers in the areas of integrated circuit design, aggregation, broker, mask manufacturing, foundry, post processing, packaging/assembly and
test services. These services cover a broad range of technologies
and is intended to support both new and legacy applications, both classified and unclassified. Additionally, the use of the Trusted Suppliers’ Trusted
Flow is adequate to protect Critical Program Information as required by DODI 5200.39,
Critical Program Information (CPI) Protection Within the Department of Defense.
A key part of the DoD Trusted Foundry program is that it uniquely provides the US Government with guaranteed access to leading edge trusted microelectronics
services for the typically low volume needs of the US Government. DMEA and NSA co-fund the Trusted Foundry program to facilitate this.
The Trusted Access
Program Office (TAPO) facilitates and administers the contracts and agreements with industry to provide US Government users with:
Leading edge foundry services including multi-project wafer runs, dedicated prototypes, and production in both high- and low-volume models
A library of standard IP blocks
Limited packaging and test services
The TAPO office can be contacted via their website:
For a current list of DMEA-accredited suppliers,
download the following PDF file:
Note: This information is intended for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to endorse or
appear to endorse any non-Federal entity, but rather to publish results of an examination of companies and programs against established
accreditation criteria. More detailed information can be found on DoD TechSpace at:
For more information about the Trusted Foundry program or
the accreditation of Trusted Suppliers, send an email to TrustedIC@dmea.osd.mil or call (916) 231-1514.