Counterfeit microcircuits are an ever-increasing threat to complex weapon systems. When microcircuits are no longer available from the original manufacturer, or its authorized distributors, parts may only be available on the gray market. At this point the supply chain is susceptible to the insertion of counterfeit parts with limited part provenance. Counterfeits can include unauthorized copies, upscaled (misrepresented), and recycled (used) parts.
As a fully integrated component manufacturer with in-house design, layout, wafer fabrication, electrical testing, and reliability testing, SRI’s GEM program is a long-term source for military grade microcircuits, including 1,000 standard military drawing part numbers. Using the Emulation programs avoids purchasing obsolete microcircuits on the gray market and eliminates the threat of counterfeit parts. The Emulation programs are an on-demand manufacturing capability, with parts designed and manufactured on-shore in a Category 1a Trusted Foundry. All parts are designed and manufactured to the customer’s specification, such as Source Control Drawings (SCDs) or Mil-specs (Standard Military Drawing or slash sheet), in a Trusted facility operating per MIL-PRF-38535 specifications. This guarantees full traceability through the entire life of the part.