DOD invests $10M to strengthen U.S. microelectronics company

By Tony Bertuca / May 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM

The Defense Department is investing $10 million to bolster the production line of Six Sigma Services, a California-based microelectronics component specialist company.

The funding, provided via Defense Production Act Title III authorities, will be used to increase Six Sigma’s production capacity for both its “copper solder column manufacturing and column attach processes to enable the production of high-reliability Column Grid Array components (such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays and Application Specific Integrated Circuits) for military and aerospace applications,” DOD said.

The project is scheduled to run for 51 months and will be performed at Six Sigma’s facility in Milpitas, CA.

"This investment ensures critical DOD military and space programs operating in extreme thermal and vibration environments are available to meet the needs of American strategic interests," said Laura Taylor-Kale, assistant secretary of defense for industrial base policy.

The department noted the action is being taken in alignment with President Biden’s February 2021 executive order to strengthen U.S. supply chains for microelectronics manufacturing capability, much of which currently resides in Asia and is prone to potential disruption by China.