U.S. Takes Strategic Step to Onshore Electronics Manufacturing
National defense bill incentivizes establishment and expansion of leading-edge foundries
Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the annual policy law that guides the U.S. Defense Department. Tucked away inside the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) are provisions that supporters hope will lead to a resurgence in chip manufacturing in the United States. The provisions include billions of dollars of financial incentives for construction or modernization of facilities “relating to the fabrication, assembly, testing, advanced packaging, or advanced research and development of semiconductors.” … Some in industry objected to early conceptions of the legislation, believing them to be too narrowly focused on cutting-edge silicon CMOS. Industry lobbied Congress to make the law more inclusive—potentially allowing for expansion of facilities like SkyWater Technology’s 200-mm fab in Bloomington, Minn.
The language in later versions of the bill signals that the government “still wants to pursue advanced nodes but that they understand that we have an existing manufacturing capability in the U.S. that needs support and can still play a big role in making us competitive,” says John Cooney, director of strategic government relations at Skywater.
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