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US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil

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2020/08/06 22:51:04 (permalink)
https://www.techpowerup.com/270720/us-aims-to-bring-chip-manufacturing-industry-back-to-its-soil
 
The US is one of the leading countries when it comes to chip design technologies and know-how; however, when it comes to actual manufacturing those designs, it's fallen from grace in recent years. Once the leader in both design and manufacturing, nowadays the US can only claim some 12% of the world's semiconductor production. The rest of it is mainly produced in Asia, where TSMC stands as the industry juggernaut, with other companies stretching across Taiwan, Japan, and most recently (and surging) China - the country has more than doubled its 300 mm manufacturing sites since 2017. This places some strain on the US' dependence from foreign shipments; and the country is looking to bridge that gap in its perceived national interests by investing heavily in silicon manufacturing to be brought back to the country. Recent slippages from Intel when it comes to keeping its manufacturing lead have apparently also instilled preoccupation amongst US policy makers.
 
The US Senate and House of Representatives have recently started converging around a bill that would pour taxpayer money into domestic chip production, laying a framework for $25bn worth of direct incentives to stimulate investment in manufacturing capacity, along with advanced research. This plan has been eagerly supported by Texas Republican John Cornyn and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer - representatives of two of the US states with the highest silicon manufacturing rates. However, it's expected that incentives covering some 20% to 30% of the total cost of any new fab and development investment are required to make the US a worthwhile consideration against other, more established countries with higher incentives, existing support logistics and infrastructure, and cheaper labor.
 
I'm curious if the USA can really build or attract a company to build a new fab, 

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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/06 23:42:30 (permalink)
    25 Billion of tax payer support ... is not needed IMO ... just reduce the paperwork & give the clearance to build one
     
    New designs is much harder than duplicating what others have done ...

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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/07 19:20:20 (permalink)
    Yeah, what GTX said.......

     
     
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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/08 07:25:47 (permalink)
     
    Step in the right direction at least. Add a tariff to products manufactured overseas vs ones manufactured in the US and I'm sure it will become more feasible. Protectionism is a slippery slope though...
     
     

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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/10 08:00:19 (permalink)
    It is certainly good news that America is finally waking up to the need to manufacture domestically. Particularly high tech manufacturing including chips.

    The investment required however is far beyond what politicians are acknowledging. We are literally talking into the TRILLIONS of dollars...

    But it needs to be done. No doubt about it.

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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/10 13:06:31 (permalink)
    Codependency with China is dangerous. They do not have our best interests in mind.
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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/10 20:40:50 (permalink)
    MasterMiner
    It is certainly good news that America is finally waking up to the need to manufacture domestically. Particularly high tech manufacturing including chips.

    The investment required however is far beyond what politicians are acknowledging. We are literally talking into the TRILLIONS of dollars...

    But it needs to be done. No doubt about it.



    Goes beyond just investments in money as well... there's an ever increasing level of engineering, technical, and materials expertise needed too and those jobs are not easy to fill. 


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    Re: US Aims to Bring Chip Manufacturing Industry Back to Its Soil 2020/08/13 00:37:52 (permalink)
    The U.S. needs to quit relying on China as much as we do! 

     
     
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