ForwardEdge ASIC

ForwardEdge ASIC, a Lockheed Martin company

We’re enhancing Lockheed Martin’s domestic ASIC capabilities for our commercial, defense, and security customers, by delivering relevant, innovative and affordable microelectronics solutions.

ForwardEdge ASIC LLC was established with the specific intent of creating an ASIC design center of excellence located in Minneapolis. We are seeking talented ASIC and FPGA engineers.

Leadership Announcements

Brian Sutterfield, CEO

Brian Sutterfield, CEO

Brian brings over 27 years of experience in leading the embedded avionics systems development for use in challenging environments. During his broad career at Lockheed Martin, he has gone from software development to software and hardware leadership, and finally to business area director.  

Paul Voit, CTO

Paul Voit, CTO

Paul will be leading the company’s efforts in research, ASIC development and technology, and driving innovation and product development. Paul brings more than 30 years of semiconductor engineering and technology leadership experience. Prior to ForwardEdge, Paul was the director of ASIC Engineering at Micron Technology, Inc. In that role, he led ASIC and system engineering teams in the development of ASIC, SoC, IP, and system designs.

Mission: Enhance Lockheed Martin’s domestic ASIC capabilities for our commercial, defense, and security customers, by delivering relevant, innovative and affordable microelectronics solutions. 



our industry with secure, customer-focused analog and digital design Intellectual Property (IP) that meets or exceeds mission expectations.


through a clean sheet rapid design and prototyping process to deliver capability leveraging the latest cloud and local technologies under a significantly lower cost business model.


operational excellence by hiring the best talent and retaining them with best-in-industry compensation, choice design projects, and an innovative work environment that results in high performance and cost competitiveness.


through collaboration with Lockheed Martin and other Defense Industrial Base primes, commercial IP development, and optimization of opportunities associated with the CHIPS Act.

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Tell me a little about ForwardEdge ASIC, a Lockheed Martin company.

ForwardEdge ASIC LLC is a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. This company is focused on enhancing Lockheed Martin’s position on ASIC capabilities for commercial, defense, security, and on-shore design by delivering relevant, innovative, and affordable solutions with a single design pass.

Why is Lockheed Martin establishing this new company?

By establishing ForwardEdge ASIC (FEA), we are able to better focus on our microelectronics technology, IP, employee experience and compensation while managing costs, allowing us to deliver the best solutions to our customers.

What technologies do you work with, develop, and advance?

Technologies we focus on include the following:

• ASIC & FPGA Intellectual Property development    • Vertically integrated ASIC design 
• Analog, digital & mixed signal chiplets    • ASIC integration 
• Leading edge packaging technology    • Validation and Characterization 
• High bandwidth secure encryption & decryption    • Software & Firmware 
• SoC design, testing, HVM ramp and support through EOL      • Radiation Hardened designs

FEA will be developing IP, ASICs, SoCs, ASSPs utilizing the major North American Fabs (Intel, Global Foundries, SkyWater) to support Lockheed Martin projects in Space, Aeronautics, Defense and a host of commercial customers. 

FEA will be developing IP to include the following:

• High Speed I/Os    • High Speed I/Os for DDRx and LPDDRx 
• Clocking circuits & Phase interpolators      • ADC, DAC 
• SERDES    • High Speed PLLs 
• Sensor and transducer signal conditioning      • Power circuits

FEA will also be partnering with Intel on IP and ASIC designs on Intel’s 16nm, 7nm, 3nm, 20A (2nm) and 18A(1.8nm) Process nodes. The 20A and 18A nodes implement the breakthrough RibbonFET transistor architecture. Along with these new technology nodes, Intel’s PowerVia will be utilized in FEA’s new IP and ASIC designs.  This via technology is a first of its kind in power delivery, provides a frequency boost at the IP level and reduces power leakage by utilizing nano TSVs which are 500x times smaller than current TSVs.

The FPGA and chip design future roadmaps include the following designs:

  • UCIe SERDES Chiplets
  • SoC designs: Integration of PCIe, Ethernet, ARM and RISC processors, Sensors, Photonics, Crypto, etc.
  • Heterogeneous SIP (System In Package) combining sensors, proprietary ASIC, FPGA, CPU, GPU, memory and I/O
  • ASICs – Rad-Hard (Radiation Hardened) designs
    • Medical equipment and systems
    • Lunar and deep space exploration
    • Satellites for early- warning weather, climate observation, GPS and Imagery
    • Technology refreshes on older designs
    • Design solutions to update circuits and modules for Space and Aircrafts.


What EDA tools will be used?

  • Cadence
  • Synopsys
  • Siemens
  • Ansys

What qualities do you look for when hiring at ForwardEdge ASIC?

We're looking for individuals who are committed to ethics and integrity, mission-motivated, passionate about solving problems and striving to lead innovation.

How do I apply?

Click here to check out and apply to available skill areas.

When can I expect to begin employment with ForwardEdge ASIC?

Apply today to start the process!  We have begun staffing and onboarding new hires into all our departments and have completed Phase One.  You don’t want to miss out on the next round!

What will my work schedule be?

We will have flexible schedules aligned along a 9/80 work schedule, having every other Friday off.  Hybrid opportunities will be determined by role and team.

Are there any updates on location?

FEA has a new headquarters!  Our building is located at 2340 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108; we will be officially moving in July.

What are my opportunities for advancement?

We believe that ForwardEdge capabilities will continue to grow in demand across the defense and commercial sectors and beyond.  As we grow our business, we will continue to provide new opportunities to our talented workforce. 

What is the salary range at ForwardEdge ASIC?

Our competitive salaries are determined by comprehensive market surveys according to skill, discipline and level. We consider factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills, as well as, market and business considerations when extending an offer.  Our performance recognition approach is designed to continuously assess proper placement within the market range.

Will ForwardEdge ASIC have incentive plans?

Yes, ForwardEdge ASIC will have both a Short-Term Incentive (STI) plan and a Long-Term Incentive (LTI) plan.  Under STI, you will be eligible to receive an annual bonus based on company results and/or individual performance. Under LTI, you will be eligible to receive an annual cash-based incentive award determined by the company, with a three-year performance and vesting period.

What benefits come with this position?

ForwardEdge ASIC will offer a comprehensive benefits program for full-time employees that includes health and wellness programs, life and income protection, paid time off and a retirement savings plan.

As a full-time employee of ForwardEdge ASIC, you will have access to a robust benefits program that allows you to take charge of your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. Below is a high-level overview of the benefits that will be offered at ForwardEdge ASIC


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
  • Health savings and flexible spending accounts
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Retirement savings plan, with company contributions
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Employee assistance program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Adoption assistance