Kissimmee BRIDG gets $30 million in federal cash to build cybersecurity center
A Kissimmee sensor-research facility is expected to establish a new cybersecurity center for microelectronics using $30 million in the defense-spending bill approved by Congress this week.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign the $684 billion bill.
The $30 million will be used to develop cyber protections for components built at the high-tech BRIDG site, on U.S. Highway 192 just west of Florida’s Turnpike.
BRIDG has been pushing to establish itself as the leading research facility for sensor-based technologies in the U.S.
A joint statement from U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy said the work is important to the nation’s security.
“Microelectronics are critical to many defense activities, like GPS, radar, command and control and communications. Making sure that the process for manufacturing microelectronics is secure from interference by foreign adversaries has been a challenge, and BRIDG is well positioned to produce trusted microelectronics that support our men and women in uniform and help keep our nation safe.”
BRIDG CEO Chester Kennedy said the new money will help secure the microelectronic devices being built, developed and tested there.
BRIDG debuted its sprawling 109,000-square-foot facility in early 2017 and has since established partnerships with industry leaders such as Siemens and the St. Petersburg-based Aurora Semiconductors, which has been developing technology to shrink microchips, potentially to a size that would allow 100 small components to be packaged in a thumbnail-sized device.
In May, the facility marked a big milestone as its first silicon-based wafer, the building block of integrated circuits, rolled out of its manufacturing site.
“This strong show of support from Congress … is a huge win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, President and CEO of Orlando Economic Partnership, before calling BRIDG a “critical asset” in the region’s economy.n’s economy.
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