Navy Selects 6 Companies for SHIP Microelectronics Tech Dev’t Project

Jeff Brody

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division used its other transaction authority to award multiple contracts to six companies to develop and test digital and radiofrequency microelectronics as part of the initial phase of the State-of-the-art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype project, Naval Sea Systems Command reported Thursday.

Intel’s (Nasdaq: INTC) federal business and Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) were the awardees for the digital component of the SHIP project, while Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) aerospace systems business, General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) research arm, Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) and Qorvo Texas were selected for the program’s RF component.

“SHIP gives us the ability to leverage state-of-the-art commercial processing power needed for modern weapon systems such as autonomous systems where artificial intelligence and real-time sensor data processing is critical,” said Brett Hamilton, principal technical lead for the SHIP project and distinguished scientist for trusted microelectronics at NSWC Crane. “For these types of applications, SHIP significantly reduces size, weight, and power, while increasing performance.”

SHIP seeks to help the Department of Defense reduce risks to the supply chain and protect its intellectual property.

NSWC Crane awarded the contracts in less than 90 days using the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems OTA.

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