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Jmar to Upgrade Chips at ARMS Foundry

Photonics.com
Mar 2006
SAN DIEGO, March 16, 2006 -- The Microlectronics Div. of Jmar Technologies Inc., a developer of laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nanoscale, has been awarded a $4.2 subcontract from prime contractor General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS) to upgrade and enhance the semiconductor fabrication process at a government foundry in Sacramento, Calif.

As contractor for the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), GDAIS issued Jmar this subcontract as a Department of Defense Advanced Technology Support Program element. In 2005, Jmar received $2.3 million of the $4.2 million subcontract from GDAIS, and used those funds through 2005 and into early 2006. The costs related to the remaining $1.9 million of funding will be incurred primarily through June 30, 2006.

The Defense Microelectronics Activity's ARMS (Advanced Reconfigurable Manufacturing for Semiconductors) foundry is a custom integrated circuit prototyping facility responsible for producing critical innovative microcircuits to replace obsolete military electronics and extend the lifetime of weapon systems. The foundry has more than a hundred engineering and support specialists who design and develop analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits and hybrid and multichip module products.

Jmar helped the DMEA design and construct the ARMS foundry in 1998 and since then has played a key role in the installation and implementation of the foundry's chip fabrication processes. Jmar maintains a semiconductor process engineering group adjacent to DMEA's Sacramento facility and will perform the work on-site.

For more information, visit: www.jmar.com




GLOSSARY
chip
1. A localized fracture at the end of a cleaved optical fiber or on a glass surface. 2. An integrated circuit.
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