U.S. DoD Grants Novati 'Trusted Foundry' Accreditation

Novati Technologies Inc. reports that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has accredited its 68,000-square-foot wafer fabricating facility in Austin as a Category 1A Trusted Foundry. The company is a developer  of high-performance photonics, 2.5D/3D, III-V-on-Silicon, MEMS, and advanced nanotechnology products. The DoD accreditation recognizes Novati as a trusted fabricator of integrated circuits (ICs) for U.S. aerospace and defense applications. Category 1A is a classification that has been granted to only nine CMOS fabs for their high levels of process integrity and protection.

The Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) organization administers the Trusted Foundry program for the DoD and provides a method for the DoD to assess the confidentiality and integrity of IC design and production processes. The DMEA establishes stringent requirements spanning anti-counterfeiting and anti-tampering measures,  chain of custody assurance, and supply continuity.

The Trusted Foundry program ensures the U.S. government’s guaranteed access to specialized, high-performance components. Novati’s wafer fabrication facility supports high-mix fabrication on 200mm and 300mm wafers. Novati builds photonic and electro-optic devices, Infrared (IR) detectors, MEMS, sensors, wide bandgap electronics, actuators, non-volatile memory, radio frequency (RF) devices power semiconductors,  and a range of 2.5D and 3D devices for defense and aerospace customers.

“Today’s security applications for DoD demand suppliers who can meet the rigorous requirements for utilizing non-traditional elements and support low-volume manufacturing,” said David Anderson, president and CEO of Novati.