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1 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Extending Microprocessor Availability Proactive Solution to Military Microprocessor Availability and Affordability Manufacturing Science & Technology Division Engineering Directorate, RDECOM Commercial IP Soft Core Advanced Retargeting/Cloning On-Demand Chip Processing On-Demand ASIC Packaging

2 Microprocessor Availability Problem Overview of Microprocessor Cloning Initiative Demonstrate Aviation Application Summary Briefing Objectives Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

3 Problem Statement Missile Defense, Army Aviation, Tactical Missiles and other key weapon systems face critical microprocessor availability problems –Commercial processor lifecycles ~ years –Military system lifecycles ~ 20 years and greater Current solution options are bridge buys or system redesign –Bridge buys are high-risk due to varying system lifecycles and quantities. Also requires high up front investment cost and storage considerations. –System redesign is costly due to: –Software is microprocessor specific; software regression testing always required and is a major cost driver –Simply band aides the problem until next redesign required Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

4 Solution Employ advanced Microprocessor Cloning technologies –Retargeting/Cloning tools based on commercial intellectual property (IP) soft core transfer and integrated processor design, simulation and hardware/software validation capabilities Use of advanced Microprocessor Manufacturing technologies –On-demand Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and Ball Grid Array (BGA) fabrication and robust packaging processes (including RAD-HARD devices) using commercial vendors or TAPO (Trusted Access Program Office) Conduct multiple Pilot demonstrations –Optimize IP soft core transfer business cases –Optimize design retargeting cloning capabilities –Optimize ASIC/BGA manufacturing and packaging capabilities –Enable technology insertions in multiple military systems Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

5 Prevention of complete CCA/LRU redesign requirements Combats market dependencies & enforced technology upgrades Better use of limited resources Another tool in obsolescence mitigation arsenal Benefits Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

6 Get to Market Faster and Typical Product Lifecycle Stay There Longer! Volume Time Use of intellectual property processor cores offers a new level of design flexibility and technology independence. The vision is to extend this best commercial practice to military application. Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

7 Now you can use a state-of- the-art processor and get the added benefit of long term availability. “The independent intellectual property provider market represents one of the most significant, exciting and rapidly changing segments in the entire semiconductor history for future evolution and growth of the overall electronics industry."

8 Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems Using This Technology Today

9 Aviation Pilot Demonstration Phase 1: Acquire IP core, conduct design/retargeting/cloning exercises to establish equivalent microprocessor Conduct design for manufacturing/packaging exercises Phase 2: Synthesize design to technology independent VHDL/Verilog libraries Identify manufacturing and test process improvements for high reliability/low volume die fabrication and ASIC/BGA packaging Phase 3: Fabricate processors (die) and package to demonstrate cloning and improved manufacturing and test processes Potential to use Trusted Foundry for die fabrication Validate capabilities at multiple levels: microprocessor, board level, and full system hardware/software compatibility Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems

10 TAPO Operational Flow DoD PM Awards Contract DoD PM Awards Contract TAPO Establishes Linkage with IBM TAPO Establishes Linkage with IBM Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) Contract Activities Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) Contract Activities IBM/DoD Contractor Generate Task Order IBM/DoD Contractor Generate Task Order IBM Fills Order DoD Contractors/IBM Technical Exchange DoD Contractors/IBM Technical Exchange TAPO Completes Admin Duties TAPO Completes Admin Duties Deliver To Contractor Deliver To Contractor Notify TAPO DoD PM Identifies Rqmts Program/Contractors DoD PM Identifies Rqmts Program/Contractors COPY DoD Contractor DoD Contractor Contractor provides Mask Files IAW Task Order Contractor provides Mask Files IAW Task Order DoD PM Validates Task Order Provides Funds DoD PM Validates Task Order Provides Funds

11 Use of microprocessor IP cores is becoming mainstream in commercial industry to reduce time to market and increase availability Microprocessor Cloning is an enabling technology that can address all military systems Program plans and investment strategy built for flexibility and success Phase 1 Trade Study in Progress Summary Advanced Microprocessor Technologies for Military Systems


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