electronics

November 1, 2020
By Nicholas A. Strnad and Lt. Col. Elizabeth Agapios, USA
Army scientists explore materials at the nanolevel with the goal of finding stronger or more heat-resistant properties to support the Army of the future. Credit: U.S. Army photo by David McNallyArmy scientists explore materials at the nanolevel with the goal of finding stronger or more heat-resistant properties to support the Army of the future. Credit: U.S. Army photo by David McNally

Nanotechnology continues its march through the field of electronics, enabling faster and more energy-efficient computer processors, larger computer memory density and increased battery capacity. These ever-shrinking micro and nanodevices require advanced manufacturing methods to produce. Atomic-scale processing refers to a collection of these methods that may be used to deposit and remove material at the smallest scales, a single atomic layer at a time.

September 11, 2020
 

MEP Infrastructure Solutions Inc., Chicago, Illinois, has been awarded a fixed-price with prospective price redetermination contract with a $12,817,992.00 ceiling for comprehensive replacement of the electrical infrastructure in Defense Microelectronics Activity’s Building 1. The location of performance is McClellan, California. Work is expected to be completed by September 20, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $12,817,992 are being obligated at time of award. Defense Microelectronics Activity, McClellan, California, is the contracting activity (HQ0727-20-C-0008).

 

 

 

June 9, 2020
 

Space Ground System Solutions LLC,* Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $29,596,469 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and prototype development of spacecraft electronics and space/airborne electronic systems and maintenance, development, enhancement and testing supporting mission operations of Department of Defense space assets. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. The Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST), located at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., is the designated lead laboratory for Navy space programs.

September 26, 2019
 

Coastal Mechanics Co. Inc.,* Houston, Texas (N68936-19-D-0046); New Directions Technologies Inc.,* Ridgecrest, California (N68936-19-D-0047); and Omni Aerospace Inc.,* Wichita, Kansas (N68936-19-D-0048), are each awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts. The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $32,000,000 with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders.

April 18, 2019
 

Bahfed Corp.,* Portland, Oregon (N68936-19-D-0028); Impact Components, a California Limited Partnership,* San Diego, California (N68936-19-D-0029); Laguna Components Inc.,* Laguna Beach, California (N68936-19-D-0030); Pacific IC Source,* Yucaipa, California (N68936-19-D-0031); and Vizocom ICT, LLC,* El Cajon, California (N68936-19-D-0032), are each awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide various types of commercially available instrumentation and electronic components.  The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $11,500,000 with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders. These products are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Work

February 19, 2019
 

Bahfed Corp.,* Portland, Oregon (N6893619D0011); Impact Components, a California Limited Partnership,* San Diego, California (N6893619D0012); Laguna Components Inc.,* Laguna Beach, California (N6893619D0013); Pacific IC Source,* Yucaipa, California (N6893619D0014); and Vizocom ICT LLC,* El Cajon, California (N6893619D0015), are each awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $20,000,000, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders.

January 19, 2019
 

Fortis Nova A JV LLC,* Phoenix, Arizona (N62473-19-D-2426); Galindo Electric Inc.,* Vista, California (N62473-19-D-2427); Power Pro Plus Inc.,* Rancho Cucamonga, California (N62473-19-D-2428); Souza Construction Inc.,* Farmersville, California (N62473-19-D-2429); Synergy Electric Co.

November 5, 2018
 

L3 - Interstate Electronics Corp., Anaheim, California, is awarded $22,126,400 for modification P00010 to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00030-18-C-0001) for flight test instrumentation program management, operations planning, and logistics support.  Work will be performed in Anaheim, California (56 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (27 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (4 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (3 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (3 percent); Bremerton, Washington (2 percent); Laurel, Maryland (2 percent); Silverdale, Washington (2 percent); and Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom (1 percent), with an expected completion date of September 30 2019.  Fiscal year 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amoun

July 25, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Teams selected by DARPA may help revolutionize the semiconductor industry. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

The Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a myriad of teams from industry and academia to jumpstart innovation in the electronics industry under the approximately $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI). The initiative is designed to nurture research in circuit design tools, advanced new materials and systems architectures through a mix of new and emerging programs.

April 11, 2018
 

Leidos Inc., S&R and Intelligence Systems Services, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $13,870,939 ceiling cost-reimbursement contract for compact semiconductor mid- and long-wave opto-electronics research (COSMO). This contract provides for the advance of semiconductor lasers suitable for current and future infrared countermeasure applications. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by April 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

February 1, 2018
By Benjamin K. Sharfi
Not all rugged environments are equal. Military technologies require different kinds of ruggedization depending on the intended environment.

Defense computing systems need to operate in a highly disparate range of environments. Depending on the program’s requirements, ruggedness is a function of the environment each system will be deployed in. A system that operates just fine in a pressurized aerospace application, such as a wide-bodied aircraft, may have issues in a marine application, and may be completely unacceptable in a vehicle being driven through a hot and sandy desert. Even within airborne applications, the environment might be a wing-mounted pod that is completely unpressurized. Computing systems for each of these environments must be ruggedized to match requirements.

When rugged ... isn’t

March 27, 2017
By George I. Seffers
DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources program is developing electronics that disappear.

Troy Olsson, a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, says providing technologies to support warfighters is the most satisfying part of his job.

Olsson's connection to warfighters comes in part from his relationship with his grandfather, a former Navy man who taught him right from wrong, valued hard work and never forgot how to navigate by the stars.

April 14, 2016
 

ACI Technologies Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a maximum value $99,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) requires support for the ManTech Navy Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence (NEMC). The primary mission of the NEMC is to develop advanced manufacturing technologies and deploy it in the U.S.

November 1, 2010
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $7 million contract for the procurement of long-lead-time materials in support of LPD 26 integrated shipboard electronics. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.