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DOD commits millions to expand Purdue-led program aimed at growing microelectronics workforce

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Pentagon officials moved to further confront gaps in the U.S. workforce pipeline for trained semiconductor engineers.

AFRL to solicit emerging technologies via its new regional research ecosystem

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The Air Force’s R&D arm kicked off the pilot in Summer 2021 and signed cooperative agreements in February. 

Experts see challenges, opportunities for restricting Chinese military access to AI chips

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China’s People’s Liberation Army is leveraging American-designed semiconductors to enhance its artificial intelligence capabilities, which could play a key role in a future war against the United States and its allies. Limiting the Chinese military’s access to AI chips will be difficult, but new approaches could help mitigate the problem, analysts say. The cutting-edge technology includes integrated circuits capable of processing computationally demanding artificial intelligence systems, according to a new…

Pentagon shares new vision to address problems with its microelectronics supply chain

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The Pentagon released a broad “Microelectronics Vision” this week that outlines the foundational framework for its highly anticipated, in-the-making national strategy to help holistically mitigate intensifying supply chain vulnerabilities. However, some observers found it lacking in detail. The 12-page document — publicly shared Wednesday by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks via tweet — was informed by a range of comprehensive studies. It comes roughly a year-and-a-half after the Pentagon established the…

Pentagon makes $117M investment to boost domestic manufacturing of critical microelectronics

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The Department of Defense has awarded a $117 million contract to GlobalFoundries to bolster U.S. production of critical microelectronics, the Pentagon announced Monday. As part of a Defense Production Act Title III agreement, GlobalFoundries will transfer its 45-nanometer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) semiconductor manufacturing process from its Fab 10 facility in East Fishkill, New York, to its Fab 8 facility in Malta, New York. Last year, the firm received an $8 million…

'Big muscle movements’ proposed in Pentagon funding request for S&T

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Funding for basic research into microelectronics, directed energy, hypersonics, and other science and technology projects would see a major boost in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2023, a senior official revealed Wednesday. In the request, DOD science and technology funding would increase 12% to about $16.5 billion, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu noted during a webinar hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association. The portion…

Pentagon planning innovation hubs to boost microelectronics development

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The Department of Defense wants to create regional innovation hubs that it hopes will kickstart the domestic development of microelectronics. The department’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, led by Heidi Shyu, issued a request for information Thursday seeking feedback from the domestic microelectronic community on building what it’s calling a Microelectronics Commons. The U.S. has historically led the global development of microelectronics — circuits, chips…