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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.

Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act to spur US-made national security technologies

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President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law on Tuesday, authorizing new policies and billions in funding to advance research and development and help fortify American technology manufacturing and supply chains. Semiconductors, or chips, help power weapon systems, computers, phones, appliances, automobiles, and many other modern technologies. Though they were first invented in America, the nation now produces only about 10% of the world’s supply of chips —…

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…

US, Republic of Korea intensify cooperation on emerging and disruptive technologies

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President Biden and a team of senior U.S. officials recently visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and established with their leading counterparts a plan to deepen the nations’ cooperation on critical and emerging technologies — including semiconductors, batteries, civil nuclear power, artificial intelligence, space development, quantum computing and cyberspace. Part of Biden’s larger first trip to Asia as president, that engagement came just a few months after the White House released…

Biden, visiting Javelin missile factory, urges Congress to pass CHIPS semiconductor funding

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President Biden on Tuesday visited a weapons factory where he urged lawmakers to come together and pass the CHIPS for America Act to boost domestic production of semiconductors that are critical for U.S. military systems and a wide variety of commercial products. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) legislation would invest more than $50 billion to bolster American semiconductor production, but Congress has yet to pass it as…

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…

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…