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The United States spends 11 billion US dollars to build the National Semiconductor Technology Center to develop the ecology of the two industries

Bloomberg reported that the U.S. government intends to spend US$11 billion (approximately NT$333.4 billion) to establish a national semiconductor technology center. After that, it will establish strongholds in various places, cooperate with academic and industrial partners, and link them into a network of advanced chip design and engineering facilities. ways to advance product innovation and workforce development that strengthen the U.S. economy and security. The goal of the plan is to start implementation by 2023.

The goal of the project is to produce cutting-edge semiconductor technology in the United States, shorten the time from semiconductor design to commercialization, and train talents from technicians to engineers. Bring together stakeholders from across the US semiconductor industry, from semiconductor designers, universities and community colleges, state governments, manufacturers, unions and investors, to compile comprehensive resources.

The US Department of Commerce released a document on the 25th outlining the vision and strategy, and then nominated a selection committee, which selected a board of directors to establish an independent National Semiconductor Technology Center. Minister of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that the center will be an independent non-profit organization, and the leaders must be trusted by the industry and drive the development of the industry neutrally. In an interview with reporters, Gina Raimondo said that the new plan will enable the United States to establish a strong ecosystem. Not only will the United States have a new fab, but it will also be able to regain its leading position in cutting-edge technology.

The United States will pass the Chip and Science Act in 2022, aiming to solve the problem of semiconductor supply chain disruption during the epidemic. The United States relies heavily on semiconductors in Asia, especially Taiwan, and brought advanced semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States through the Chip and Science Act. The US government allocated $11 billion over 5 years for manufacturing R&D, new technology development and employee training. It is planned to establish at least two advanced logic semiconductor ecosystems, as well as supplier systems and research and development facilities, employ thousands of workers, and bring production back to the United States.

Although the United States continues to propose relevant bills, the research and development expenses of the semiconductor industry still far exceed the planned scale. Intel’s R&D spending in 2022 will be as high as 17 billion US dollars, which makes people question the effectiveness of the plan. However, many details of the National Semiconductor Technology Center have not yet been determined, such as the location of the headquarters and national bases, and the implementation method has not yet been fully finalized. Gina Raimondo said a decision would be made within months.

Gina Raimondo pointed out that the goal of the National Semiconductor Technology Center is to achieve small-scale prototyping and trial production of semiconductors. Because the cost of semiconductor manufacturing is too high for many start-ups and enterprises, this plan brings together industry, academia, start-ups and investors. , solve the biggest and most difficult challenges, and set priorities, because it is very difficult for private companies to do this.


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