A careful examination meeting was conducted by the Semiconductor Industry Association on Thursday for analysing the existing research and development infrastructure of the U.S including other facilities such as the Albany NanoTech Complex in New York and various other research and government spaces.
In the meeting, according to a chips industry body, the newly passed $52 billion Chips and Science Act should be used to establish new facilities and update existing U.S. research and development infrastructure. The Chips and Science Act also set aside $2 billion for the Defense Department and $11 billion for the Commerce Department so that it could be utilized for chip research and development in addition to the tens of billions of dollars that are needed to rebuild American chip manufacturing capability.
The Chips and Science Act also set aside $2 billion for the Defense Department.
The director of technology policy at SIA, Eric Breckenfeld noted that this kind of money in the semiconductor industry, which has been assigned for scaling up of the industry will be used quickly. Therefore, it is immensely crucial to have an awareness of where the current infrastructure is located so that it may be used. SIA also released a report suggesting efficient ways for the expenditure of the funding along with Boston Consulting Group.
According to Breckenfeld, the funding for the Defense Department would mainly be devoted to the programs that are currently ongoing, while two new government organizations, the National SemiconductoorganizationsCenter (NSTC) and the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, will be responsible for allocating financing to the Commerce Department
According to Breckenfeld, the funding for the Defense Department would mainly be devoted to the ongoing programs.
The main aim of the Chips Act Research & Development funding would be to bridge the gap in the presumed ‘valley of death’ between research which is at an early stage now and mature commercial technologies. However, both of these are well-funded and at a great level in the U.S. according to Breckenfeld.
Breckenfeld said there will probably be numerous technology hubs in different locations focusing on different parts of semiconductor technologies, such as materials or packaging, even though the Commerce Department hasn’t provided a specific roadmap of how the NSTC and NAPMP would be controlled. He also added that there was growing regional competition for those centers.