Can't compete with global mega-corps?
Legislate a solution and force your citizens to pay three times what they pay today.
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The Biden administration wants the $52 billion CHIPS Act passed without delay, according to a classified briefing between senior officials and a bipartisan group of Congressional representatives. The group gathered to "discuss the urgent need to invest in made-in-America semiconductors as well as research and development that …
>Can't compete with global mega-corps?
Intel's Oregon fab can't compete with Intel's fabs in Ireland and Israel?
Then the US needs to offer the same 'incentives' that Eire and Israel offer.
Intel's European fabs can't compete with the new fab in Arizona ? Looks like they are going to need more 'incentives' to keep the European fabs open
of the 0.01% will pay off congress critters to either pass or block the vote on this bill?
If these rich dudes have lots of overseas sweatshops where the workers are paid $0.10/hour then they have no interest in passing this bill.
OTOH, if a state senator can see a FAB coming to their neck of the woods then even if they vote against it and it passed, they will trumpet is as something that they were in favor of.
US Politics is a swamp... Donald 'I am the greatest president EVER' Trump promised to drain it but instead he added more alligators to it.
The US system was devised in the 18th century and set up to suit the needs of a tiny number of wealthy landowners and it has not been substantially reformed since.
The need for modernisation is pretty obvious, but because the system is sclerotic it resists change. History shows us that eventually change is imposed on those sorts of systems through violence which will not be good for anyone.
There was an excellent news article and one comment in particular on the EE times web page "US Electronics Reshoring Plan Risks Missing the Boat" that points out that the US has also fallen well behind in current and future Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and technology. Most of the advances in IC's also need new and innovative ways to manufacture PCB's that connect them together. The US has lost most of its PCB R&D and manufacturing capability to overseas providers, mainly China. This is as great an economic and national security risk as relying on overseas for the bulk of the ICs we use here in the US. I applaud Intel, Micron Technology and Analog Devices for advocating that government funding needs to be handled in a way that best serves the interests of the US and not just a few mega companies (see "This may seem weird but don't give us all the chip funding, say Intel and friends", The Register). I just think we need to make sure that we cover more areas of concern than this funding is aimed at.
That's the whole irony, Intel / Nvidia / AMD will use this to build cutting edge fabs, because these are the most expensive so govt $$$ helps and it gives them negotiating power with TSMC.
But its going to do nothing for the shortage of 25c chips in cars
Taiwan's GlobalWafers announced on Monday a new use for the $5 billion it first earmarked for a purchase of Germany's Siltronics: building a 300-millimeter semiconductor wafer plant in the US state of Texas.
Construction on the facility – which will eventually span 3.2 million square feet – is expected to commence later this year, with chip production commencing by 2025. The plant will sit in the city of Sherman, near the Texas-Oklahoma border, where it is slated to bring in 1,500 jobs as production climbs towards 1.2 million wafers per month.
GlobalWafers is the world's third largest producer of silicon wafers and Sherman is already home to its subsidiary, GlobiTech.
A draft US law that would, for one thing, subsidize the US semiconductor industry, has gained an amendment that would turn the screws on American investments in foreign countries.
The proposed update states that semiconductors, large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, rare-earth elements biotech, AI, quantum computing, hypersonics, fintech and autonomous technologies are all included as sectors in which foreign investment would be limited, specifically in "countries of concern," or those considered foreign adversaries, like China. The amendment also would restrict construction investments and joint ventures that would involve sharing of IP and monetary rewards.
US entities that have invested in a sector or country covered under the amendment would be required to notify the federal government, and the proposal also includes authorization for the executive branch to form an interagency panel responsible for reviewing and blocking foreign investments on national security grounds, the Wall Street Journal said of the amendment.
Taiwan's state-owned energy company is looking to raise prices for industrial users, a move likely to impact chipmakers such as TSMC, which may well have a knock-on effect on the semiconductor supply chain.
According to Bloomberg, the Taiwan Power Company, which produces electricity for the island nation, has proposed increasing electricity costs by 15 percent for industrial users, the first increase in four years.
The power company has itself been hit by the rising costs of fuel, including the imported coal and natural gas it uses to generate electricity. At the same time, the country is experiencing record demand for power because of increasing industrial requirements and because of high temperatures driving the use of air conditioning, as reported by the local Taipei Times.
The semiconductor market is flattening out after a period of record revenues, according to research outfit Omdia.
The report joins a growing list of warnings that the chip industry is heading for a slowdown because of companies stockpiling components and global economic effects such as inflation.
Omdia's latest analysis of the worldwide semiconductor market shows that it reached a plateau in the first quarter of 2022 following five straight quarters of record revenues and continual growth in demand.
Scientists in Germany claim to have developed bipolar transistors from organic materials, opening a path for flexible and transparent electronics.
The study, led by Shu-Jen Wang, post-doctoral researcher Technische Universität Dresden, built an organic bipolar junction transistor using doped rubrene. That could help the semiconductor industry to make the switch to organic materials, increasing access to a wide library of materials for building electronic devices.
Transistors are the basis of today's digital circuits and, at a simple level, allow one signal to control another. They can amplify a signal, or switch between 'on' and 'off' states, through control of a current of charge carriers – which are either electrons or their positive counterpart (holes), or both.
Comment How serious is Intel about delaying the build-out of its planned $20 billion mega-fab site in Ohio?
It turns out very serious, as Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger made clear on Tuesday, less than a week after his x86 giant delayed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ohio site to show its displeasure over Congress' inability to pass $52 billion in subsidies to fund American semiconductor manufacturing.
In comments at the Aspen Ideas Festival yesterday, Gelsinger warned Intel would prioritize building factories in Europe over the US if Congress fails to act on the long-stalled chip subsidies bill.
In yet another sign of how fortunes have changed in the semiconductor industry, Taiwanese foundry giant TSMC is expected to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue for the first time.
Wall Street analysts estimate TSMC will grow second-quarter revenue 43 percent quarter-over-quarter to $18.1 billion. Intel, on the other hand, is expected to see sales decline 2 percent sequentially to $17.98 billion in the same period, according to estimates collected by Yahoo Finance.
The potential for TSMC to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue is indicative of how demand has grown for contract chip manufacturing, fueled by companies like Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD, and Apple who design their own chips and outsource manufacturing to foundries like TSMC.
Intel has found a new way to voice its displeasure over Congress' inability to pass $52 billion in subsidies to expand US semiconductor manufacturing: withholding a planned groundbreaking ceremony for its $20 billion fab mega-site in Ohio that stands to benefit from the federal funding.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel was tentatively scheduled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ohio manufacturing site with state and federal bigwigs on July 22. But, in an email seen by the newspaper, the x86 giant told officials Wednesday it was indefinitely delaying the festivities "due in part to uncertainty around" the stalled Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act.
That proposed law authorizes the aforementioned subsidies for Intel and others, and so its delay is holding back funding for the chipmakers.
As Intel gets ready to build fabs in Arizona and Ohio, the x86 giant is planning to offload a 149-acre historic research and development site in Massachusetts that was once home to the company's only chip manufacturing plant in New England.
An Intel spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday to The Register it plans to sell the property. The company expects to transfer the site to a new owner, a real-estate developer, next summer, whereupon it'll be torn down completely.
The site is located at 75 Reed Rd in Hudson, Massachusetts, between Boston and Worcester. It has been home to more than 800 R&D employees, according to Intel. The spokesperson told us the US giant will move its Hudson employees to a facility it's leasing in Harvard, Massachusetts, about 13 miles away.
Big Tech in America has had enough of Congress' inability to pass pending legislation that includes tens of billions of dollars in subsidies to boost semiconductor manufacturing and R&D in the country.
In a letter [PDF] sent to Senate and House leaders Wednesday, the CEOs of Alphabet, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, VMware, and dozens of other tech and tech-adjacent companies urged the two chambers of Congress to reach consensus on a long-stalled bill they believe will make the US more competitive against China and other countries.
"The rest of the world is not waiting for the US to act. Our global competitors are investing in their industry, their workers, and their economies, and it is imperative that Congress act to enhance US competitiveness," said the letter.
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