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Bosch is set to invest €3 billion in its semiconductor business by 2026 as part of a broader push to boost the European chip manufacturing industry. bosch sign in stuttgart The Bosch parking lot over the A8 outside Stuttgart, Germany At its Bosch Tech Day 2022, the German engineering and technology company said it plans to …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Finally

    One of these projects that seem to make financial sense.

    Unlike the, demand $50bn to make a cutting edge 5nm fab cos we have a shortage of 555s to make ventilators

    1. Len
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      Re: Finally

      Agreed. What many people don't understand is that these plans are not expected to produce a European GPU or mobile CPU manufacturer. They are expected to support the existing and future European manufacturing giants in anything from planes, trains, cars and helicopters to medical equipment, rockets, power tools and kitchen appliances.

      Many of those sectors have been hard hit by recent supply chain issues and to prevent being that dependent on Asian manufacturing plants ever again they prefer production within, let's say, a 1000 KM radius. When it comes to supply chain risks, even a Chinese company manufacturing in Italy is better than an Italian company manufacturing in Asia.

      Most of those industries are perfectly happy with anything under 100nm and prioritise reliability over cutting edge.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Finally

        It does still only give you a small buffer.

        Your local fab might be able to handle a supply disruption for a few weeks. Then you discover that all the wafers or dicing blades, or a specific chemical, come from one company - and the world collapses again

  2. TimMaher Silver badge
    Trollface

    Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

    ... Brexit Boris is seen eating a chip. Or was it a wafer?

    What happened to that fab. in Wales?

    1. Roj Blake

      Re: Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

      It's just over there, right behind one of the forty new hospitals

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

        With our new British "fraction of an inch" fab technology

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

          Ere Bert is says this part has to be machined to within 5 thousandths of an inch.

          How many thousands in an inch?

          I don't know, bloody millions probably

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

          Picofurlong transistor technology.

  3. Snowy Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Bosch is set to invest €3 billion

    <quote>Bosch is set to invest €3 billion in its semiconductor business by 2026 as part of a broader push to boost the European chip manufacturing industry.

    According to Bosch, the €3 billion (just over $3 billion or about £2.5 billion) funding is coming from the EU and German federal governments

    </quote>

    Looks to me Bosch is investing nothing the EU and German federal governments are doing all the investing.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Bosch is set to invest €3 billion

      That's because the Eu and Germany are Communist.

      Here we are promising to "invest" $50bn but because we are capitalists we won't actually ever deliver

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Bosch is set to invest €3 billion

      "Looks to me Bosch is investing nothing the EU and German federal governments are doing all the investing."

      Came here to say the same thing! Nowhere in the article is a number mentioned of how much, if any, of Boschs own cash is going into this expansion, even though the article leads with "Bosch invests..."

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