Lockheed Martin and GlobalFoundries collaborate on securing advanced chips

Date: 13/06/2023
U.S.-based defence and aerospace major Lockheed Martin and world's third biggest semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries (GF) goes for a strategic collaboration for advanced semiconductor manufacturing as well as resilence and security in semiconductor supply chain.

The announcement release from GF stated that this collaboration to enable Lockheed Martin to more quickly and affordably produce secure solutions that increase the competitiveness and national security of the United States. This announcement was made at GF’s advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York in the presence of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Jim Taiclet and GF President and CEO Dr. Thomas Caulfield.

GF said its differentiated technology and trusted manufacturing practices to increase anti-fragility in microelectronics systems and supply chains. The collaboration to push advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies 3D heterogeneous integration, silicon photonics for low-power and high-speed data transport; and gallium nitride on silicon to help chips work at higher temperatures. Both the companies to also work on developing a chiplet ecosystem to produce chips more rapidly and affordably.

"The collaboration between Lockheed Martin and GF directly supports the CHIPS and Science Act’s objectives of increasing traceability, provenance, and onshore production of critical semiconductor technologies to strengthen national and economic security and domestic supply chains." , stated in the release.

“This major new partnership between GlobalFoundries and Lockheed Martin brings together two giants of Upstate NY industry to ensure that the chips used in the technology that keep our country and our troops safe are made right here in the Capital Region. That means that more of the most complex, critical components we need to protect our national security going forward are going to be stamped ‘Made in New York’,” said Senator Schumer. “I wrote my CHIPS & Science Act to spark partnerships like this that will secure our domestic supply chains and lead to job growth and investment in places like Upstate New York. Now more than ever, we need to secure our supply chains, and make sure the chips that our military relies on are built in places like the Capital Region, not overseas, and GlobalFoundries and Lockheed Martin are leading the charge to ensure that we build America’s tech future here in Upstate NY.”

“Lockheed Martin is focused on delivering cutting-edge 21st Century Security capabilities that advance deterrence and keep our customers ahead of emerging threats,” said Jim Taiclet, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. “This begins with securely manufactured semiconductors. We look forward to working with GlobalFoundries to help increase access to domestically produced microelectronics – a true national security imperative.”

“The GF team has been a trusted partner of the U.S. government and the aerospace and defense industry for decades,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, president and CEO of GF. “We are proud to collaborate with Lockheed Martin to address the growing need for a reliable supply of trusted, feature-rich semiconductors for mission-critical security systems. Today’s announcement is another example of GF’s commitment to innovation, our global manufacturing footprint, and enabling a more resilient semiconductor supply chain in the U.S. and abroad.”

GF said its manufacturing facilities in New York and Vermont have Trusted accreditation from the U.S. government and are authorized to produce secure chips for use in the nation’s most sensitive systems on land, air, sea, and in space.

Lockheed Martin and GF also to jointly pursue external funding opportunities, technology development, and collaboration with the U.S. government.