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Advanced Technology Support Program (ATSP)

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)

Semiconductor and Electronics Industry Partnerships



DMEA has developed strategic partnerships with:

  • Private Industry
  • Federal Agencies
  • Military
  • State and Local Governments
  • Academia
  • International Groups, including private industry and government

To support microelectronics in Department of Defense weapons systems, it may be necessary to have access to the original contractor who built and may still support DOD weapons systems.

A working relationship with key commercial defense contractors is essential.


Advanced Technology Support Program
The $4.7B Advanced Technology Support Program is a fast, efficient contracting vehicle that gives government organizations streamlined access to state-of-the-art technologies and engineering through outstanding industry resources. ATSP gives program mangers rapid access (4-10) weeks to pre-qualified contractors.

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Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
CRADAs were developed by Congress specifically to promote the timely transfer of technology from government laboratories, such as DMEA, to the private sector. A powerful and flexible vehicle, CRADA allows partners access to many of DMEA’s extensive microelectronics capabilities, including its highly skilled technology workforce and laboratory. More

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Semiconductor and Electronics Industry Partnerships
DMEA works closely with the US semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries. DMEA is a member of the Semiconductor Industry Association. Through its work in this association, DMEA collaborates with key industries that influence military semiconductor development and production.

DMEA works closely with the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA; see and participates in its technical and management forums. More than 2300 companies representing more than 80 percent of the U.S. electronics industry are members of GEIA.

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The Importance of Partnerships
Identifying Emerging Technologies

In order for a microelectronics device to operate in environments of intense radiation, such as outer space, the device must go through a process of radiation hardening, which is a chemical process. Industry no longer offers this service. DMEA can make RadHard devices for certain processes and test the RadHard capabilities of other parts.

DMEA packaged and bonded integrated circuits for radiation effects research, which was a collaborative effort among IBM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Laboratories, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Air Force Space Electronics and Protection Branch.

“I commend the DMEA on two recent projects accomplished for the Space Electronics and Protection Branch (AFRL/VSSE). In particular, the support provided by [you] was outstanding and directly contributed to the success of the Air Force space microelectronics mission... Both jobs were performed in an efficient and timely manner.

DMEA efforts enabled early identification of the applicability of emerging semiconductor IC [integrated circuit] technologies in a space mission environment. The support provided by DMEA was excellent, with no reliability problems detected on any of the packages...”

L. Kevin Slimak
DR-IV, Chief, Surveillance and Control Division

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