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VHSIC (Very High Speed Integrated Circuits) was a 1980s U.S. government program. The program's mission was to research and develop very high speed integrated circuits.

The United States Department of Defense launched the VHSIC program in 1980 as a joint tri-service (Army/Navy/Air Force) program. The program led to advances in integrated circuit materials, lithography, packaging, testing, and algorithms, and created numerous computer-aided design (CAD) tools. A well-known part of the program's contribution is VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language), a hardware description language (HDL). The program also redirected the military's interest in GaAs ICs back toward the commercial mainstream of CMOS circuits.[1][2]

More than $1 billion in total was spent for the VHSIC program for silicon integrated circuit technology development.[3]


  1. ^ David J. Creasey (1985). Advanced Signal Processing. IEE Telecommunications Series. ISBN 0-86341-037-5.
  2. ^ John B. Shoven (1988). Government Policy Towards Industry in the United States and Japan. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-33325-3.
  3. ^ U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Microelectronics Research and Development – A Background Paper, OTA-B P-C IT-40, pp. 21–22 (Washington , DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, March 1986).