VHSIC Electronics and the Cost of Air Force Avionics in the 1990s

by Paul Killingsworth, Jeanne M. Jarvaise

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Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSICs) is the name of a Department of Defense technology program to develop the next generation of solid-state electronic technology for military systems. While VHSIC electronics has great potential, there is uncertainty about how VHSIC will affect system costs in almost every phase of the weapon system life cycle. This report is a thorough discussion of the cost issues associated with the use of VHSIC electronics in military systems. It is also a primer for cost analysts on how integrated circuits are designed and fabricated. Finally, it suggests methodologies, including cost estimating relationships, to develop cost estimates for systems that incorporate VHSIC technology.

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