Everspin Technologies Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to provide MRAM technology, design and manufacturing services to QuickLogic Corp. as part of efforts to make strategic radiation hardened (SRH) field-programmable gate array (FPGA).
The contract worth US$2.8 million with subsequent options bringing the total to a potential $8.7 million.
The project is sponsored by DoD’s Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (T&AM) Program.
Everspin, which provides stand-alone MRAM non-volatile memories will work with QuickLogic to make FPGAs based on MRAM. Conventionally FPGAs are based on the use of SRAM configured as an array of programmable look up tables with programmable interconnect. Typically the configuration of the FPGA is loaded at run-time from an adjacent EPROM.
More money in options
“Spin-transfer Torque MRAM technology is an ideal candidate for radiation-hard FPGA devices due to its persistence and inherent radiation immunity,” said Sanjeev Aggarwal, CEO of Everspin, in a statement.
QuickLogic was awarded a $6.9 million base contract by the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) in September with devices to be made on microelectronic fabrication process implemented at a US-owned and continental US based manufacturing facility.
QuickLogic said it will lead a collaboration composed primarily of SkyWater Technologies, Everspin Technologies, and Trusted Semiconductor Solutions. Upon completing the successful base project there are optional add-on contracts worth up to $72 million over the span of multiple years that could be awarded.
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