QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), a developer of ultra-low power multi-core voice-enabled SoCs, embedded FPGA IP (eFPGA), and Endpoint AI solutions, today announced it has been awarded a $6.9 million Base Contract, beginning this month, to develop and demonstrate Strategic Radiation Hardened (SRH), high reliability Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology to support identified and future Department of Defense (DoD) strategic and space system requirements. The SRH FPGA Other Transactions Authority (OTA) agreement is with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) under the authority of the Cornerstone OTA and will be based on a microelectronic fabrication process implemented at a US-owned and continental US (CONUS)-based manufacturing facility. The project is sponsored by DoD’s Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (T&AM) Program, and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane is the Government’s technical lead.
“QuickLogic is honored to have been chosen by the US Government to lead this highly specialized and mission-critical program,” said Brian Faith president and CEO of QuickLogic. “This project builds on the company’s 30+ year heritage of delivering FPGA technology to the Aerospace and Defense community while operating in some of the most rugged environments.”
QuickLogic will lead the execution of the Base Contract through collaboration with a team composed primarily of SkyWater Technologies, Everspin Technologies, and Trusted Semiconductor Solutions.
Upon successful performance of the Base, and at the discretion of the US Government, the Contract allows for Options totaling approximately $72 million over the span of multiple years. If the Options are executed, QuickLogic expects to expand the group of companies with which it will collaborate.
Developing and deploying strategic radiation-hardened microelectronics requires creating and sustaining a trained cohort of engineers with a unique skillset both within the DoD and across the broader Defense Industrial Base (DIB). With that goal in mind, meaningful development contributions are expected from Indiana University and other universities.