DoD Selects Microsoft for Guaranteed Rapid Microelectronics Prototyping (RAMP) chip project

The Ministry of Defense has announced that it chose Microsoft for phase two of the Guaranteed Rapid Microelectronics Prototype (RAMP) using the Enhanced Commercial Capability project.

The goal of the project is to bring modern microelectronics design and manufacturing into defense and security applications while ensuring these components are developed with utmost security in mind.

Currently, the security requirements associated with microelectronics development limit the ability of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to take advantage of the latest innovations.

Microsoft previously led a coalition of partners working with the DoD in the first phase of this initiative: developing design capabilities to achieve the department’s mission priorities. In this second phase, Microsoft and its partners will build on these successful designs and begin developing custom integrated chips and System-on-Chip (SoC) designs using the Secure, collaborative design provides access to advanced manufacturing processes. These new designs will achieve lower power consumption, improved performance, reduced physical size and improved reliability for application in DoD systems.

The RAMP solution will provide an advanced microelectronics development platform for mission-critical applications with cloud, AI and automation powered machine learning, security, and quantifiable assurance. By leveraging cloud-based secure design, RAMP will expand the number of foundries available for DoD, strengthen resilience, and accelerate the growth of the domestic semiconductor supply chain.

Microsoft will work with microelectronics industry leaders across the defense industry and commercial (DIB) facility including Ansys, Applied Materials, Inc., BAE Systems, Battelle Memorial Institute, Cadence Design Systems , Cliosoft, Inc., Flex Logix, GlobalFoundries, Intel Federal, Raytheon Intelligence and Space, Siemens EDA, Synopsys, Inc., Tortuga Logic and Zero ASIC Corporation.

The solution will be hosted in Azure Government, providing the broadest range of commercial innovation to governments with services available across all categories of US data.

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