HRL Laboratories LLC announced that it has partnered with the National Secure Manufacturing Center at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant (KCP) to provide multiple-project wafer services to the Department of Defense (DoD) Trusted Foundry Program. The National Secure Manufacturing Center provides the national security community secure manufacturing and engineering solutions.

KCP’s Trusted Foundry Access Team will offer first-line technical support, implementation and design verification assistance for HRL’s indium phosphide (InP) technologies. In addition, the center will offer application engineering support, design rule checking and multiple-project wafer aggregation services to improve design quality and reduce the variability of designs submitted to foundries that are part of the program.

“By combining our unique expertise and capabilities to provide multi-project wafer services, HRL and KCP can offer national security customers greater access to leading-edge technologies and low-volume production parts at lower costs,” said Charles Fields, Senior Scientist in HRL’s Microelectronics Laboratory.

HRL fabricates InP heterojunction bipolar transistor (InP HBT) integrated circuits for high-speed mixed-signal circuits at low power. HRL also produces InP high-electron-mobility transistor (InP HEMT), millimeter-wave-frequency, low-noise amplifiers, which offer the world’s best noise figure and gain performance in the 70 to 110 gigahertz range.

HRL is known as a manufacturer of space- and flight-qualified components for government programs and commercial markets. The company has served the DoD, US government agencies, and major contractors in providing microelectronics services for military and aerospace applications since 1960.