Senate Approves $52B for Chip R&D, House Debate Looms

The focus on U.S. efforts to re-shore semiconductor manufacturing shifts to the House of Representatives after the Senate approved landmark legislation this week that allocates $52 billion for domestic chip research and manufacturing.

President Biden displays a SkyWater wafer during a recent White House tech summit. (Photo credit: Patrick Semansky, AP)

In praising Senate passage, SkyWater Technology CEO Thomas Sonderman said targeted funds for chip R&D would “create solutions for re-shoring semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure [that] will strengthen critical sectors of the U.S. economy.”

SkyWater, Bloomington, Minn., announced a public-private partnership earlier this year to create an advanced IC packaging operation in Florida. Packaging capabilities are widely seen as one way to move up the semiconductor manufacturing learning curve as advanced processors with multiple chips are integrated in packages rather than on silicon.

“The production of semiconductors in the U.S. has been declining for decades,” Sonderman noted in a statement. “It’s time for a market recalibration. We need to immediately begin re-shoring American semiconductor manufacturing.” Read the article on EETimes: https://www.eetimes.com/senate-approves-52b-for-chip-rd-house-debate-looms/#.

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