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Intel Wins Pentagon Contract for Microchip Production 

Intel Wins Pentagon Contract for Microchip Production 

The Defense Department on Thursday announced a multi-billion partnership with Intel to boost the domestic manufacturing of microchips amid a global shortage. The project, known as SAHARA, is part of a broader effort to reduce America’s reliance on foreign-made chips many fear could be hacked by China. 

“One of the most profound lessons of the past year is the strategic importance of semiconductors, and the value to the United States of having a strong domestic semiconductor industry,” says Randhir Thakur, president of Intel Foundry Services. 

With $37 billion from the Biden Administration and an undisclosed sum from the Pentagon, Intel and DoD experts will work directly with researchers at the universities of Maryland, Florida, and Texas A&M to boost production of the speciality microchips used in defense systems. 

Researchers will use “rigorous verification, validation, and new attack strategies to test the security of these chips” in order to ensure that data is protected against reverse engineering and counterfeiting, said Intel. 

SAHARA also seeks to speed up the process of converting field-programmable gate array chips into the application-specific circuits the Pentagon prefers to use.

Converting the chips manually is a “complex, lengthy, and costly process, making it difficult to justify the economic burden at the volume of custom chips required by DoD applications,” added Intel. Successful automation of the conversion process will greatly decrease design time, engineering cost, and power consumption while enhancing security.  

As part of the project, Intel will invest $20 billion in the construction of two new factories in Arizona and may purchase other chipmakers.

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Pentagon, Intel partner to make more US microchips for military 

Intel Wins Defense Department Award for Domestic Chip Making 

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  1. CLB

    I ready something earlier that Dod and
    Military complex wanting to put micro chip into the the military. It said they wanted to track we the military. Its sound to me, dod abd Gates are in bed with each other.
    Depopulation So is Dod and Military,, Gates, Sotos, deep state part of the one world order.

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  2. Ben

    They had to ramp up production of microchips to be mixed with the vaccines.
    Bill Gates wins again

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  3. Recce1

    Back when Texas Instruments was the BIG THING in handheld calculators in high school, the military complained that too many of our computer chips were made in CHINA and might have had a back door off switch. THAT was about 50 years ago. I guess as now as then corporate profits outweigh national security.

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