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The USA is mobilizing to relocate the semiconductor industry

The USA is mobilizing to relocate the semiconductor industry

FormerIntel CEO Robert Swan,AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, and Qualcomm Director Steve Mollenkopf are (along with 17 others) signatories to a letter to the U.S. President urging him to mobilize his country’s forces to reduce U.S. dependence on imported semiconductors.

The economic independence of the USA is threatened for the semiconductor industry.

The heart of the letter’s subject is to urge the new administration to take the necessary steps to work with Congress to fund the chip manufacturing initiatives described in the ” Creating Useful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America ” section or the “CHIPS for America” subsection of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which became public law earlier this year. The alert comes from the obvious observation today: setting aside the resources deployed by Intel, all the latest chips sold by US companies are manufactured outside the United States in advanced 7 nm and 5 nm manufacturing processes belonging to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) or Samsung’s foundry branch, Samsung Foundry. foundry semiconductor This dependency has become even more apparent this year. It has culminated in the disruption of sectors that are far removed from the contingencies of HighTech. For months now, the car manufacturers around the world continue to be unable to purchase sufficient chips to meet the resurgence in demand for cars.

A call for massive government investment

For the signatories of the letter, it is unfortunate that the United States does not offer ” significant incentives and subsidies to attract new semiconductor manufacturing facilities“. They also note that government investments in the country for chip research have been relatively stable over the years. Given the accumulated delays, nearly $3 billion would have to be injected to encourage American players to restart the machine and regain a certain degree of independence.

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