IBM Receives Defense Contract

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(Host) IBM’s Essex plant got a boost from the Pentagon Friday with the announcement of a major contract for a new computer chip technology. The Defense Department awarded a $10 million contract to IBM and a South Burlington company for chips that use x-rays to create microscopic electronic circuitry.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy announced the contract. The money was set aside in a Defense Department appropriations bill. Leahy is a senior member of the committee that writes the annual budget bill.

The contract includes $3 million for work in the first year, with an option for an additional $7 million in the second year. JSAL Nanolithography of South Burlington will manage the project. The work will be performed at IBM’s Essex plant.

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