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Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits (GEM)
SRI’s Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits (GEM) program provides a permanent solution to the problem of microelectronics obsolescence. Use of GEM devices prevents production shutdown while maintaining system integrity, substantially reducing operation/sustainment costs, and increasing semiconductor and microcircuit aftermarket potential.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) developed GEM technology with SRI more than 25 years ago as a continuing source of form, fit, function, and interface (F3I) replacements. Using SRI’s onsite design, test, and foundry capabilities, the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certified GEM program manufactures military-quality replacements for non-procurable microcircuits. This method establishes support for production, redesign, and sustainment requirements throughout the life of the system.
GEM technology emulates microcircuits from a broad range of technology families to meet the specifications of original devices (physical, electrical, quality, and environmental) without requiring system documentation changes. Once a device has been emulated, a continuing source for the microcircuit is established, and the obsolescence cycle is broken.
A full parts search is available on the GEM website.