Gilbane and Exyte win $279m MIT semiconductor lab for US military

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A joint venture between America’s Gilbane Building Company and Germany’s Exyte has won a contract to build a $279m Compound Semiconductor Laboratory at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The Microsystem Integration Facility (CSL-MIF) is funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Air Force military construction programme.

The three-storey, 160,000 sq ft facility will be used to research microelectronic components that will meet “national security challenges”.

Scientists will focus on scientific imaging and surveillance, space-based optical communication and 3D- laser detection and ranging imaging systems.

Eric Evans, Lincoln Laboratory’s director, said: “CSL-MIF will enable the most advanced microelectronics research and prototyping in critical national security areas for decades to come.

“We look forward to the many technology advances that will be developed through the combination of this new laboratory and our outstanding staff.”

Craig Keast, associate head of the Advanced Technology Division, said: “The combination of the new CSL-MIF with our existing ML infrastructure will be a powerful and differentiating resource for the laboratory in the advanced microelectronics area.

“The two facilities together will allow us to explore and demonstrate complex heterogeneously integrated microsystems that could not be realised without access to the capabilities provided by these two specialised facilities.”

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