DBX Microelectronics Challenge 2023


Seven microelectronics firms received nearly $10 million in combined funding to commercialize technologies of interest to the U.S. military services as winners of the Defense Business Accelerator (DBX) Microelectronics Challenge. This groundbreaking initiative is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and led by the U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics (USPAE).

The challenge aims to revolutionize how the DoD drives the development of dual-use technology, which can be used for both civilian and military applications. The challenge is testing the hypothesis that the DoD can accelerate growth of a robust domestic industrial base by focusing its resources on commercialization of early-stage, hardware-intensive technologies and then scaling them into resilient businesses in partnership with private capital.


Freedom Photonics LLC

Award Amount: $1,500,000

Gigantor Technologies

Award Amount: $2,000,000

Momentum Optics

Award Amount: $1,675,000

Mosaic Microsystems

Award Amount: $1,000,000

PseudolithIC, Inc.

Award Amount: $1,000,000

SiliconCore Technology, Inc.

Award Amount: $1,675,000

Soctera, Inc.

Award Amount: $750,000