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Intel looks set to be a key beneficiary of CHIPS Act funding earmarked for specifically supplying the US military. The Santa Clara giant is already in line to receive a substantial amount from the Biden administration's pot of CHIPS Act cash, potentially amounting to $17.5 billion for the x86 goliath in subsidies and loans to …

  1. Greg 38
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    Simpsons prognosticated this

    I seem to recall a Simpsons treehouse of horror episode where a nuclear missile was launched with the "Intel inside" logo on it.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EBD0hyDPmRI/hqdefault.jpg

    1. rcxb Silver badge

      Re: Simpsons prognosticated this

      Intel has been supplying components to the defense industry since its inception.

      The joke was that they would stick a logo on a missile to advertise.

      The only thing that has changed is that they've realized the risks, and they're getting serious about preventing infiltration and sabotage.

  2. chuckufarley Silver badge
    Alien

    I don't really believe that Militaries and Governments...

    ...Buying chips no one else knows exist is a knew thing. The Fairchildren became awfully rich awfully fast and surprisingly it took the raise of the Antisocial Networks to nullify the benefits of the tech they created. In my opinion it isn't a stretch of the imagination to think that the US and of world powers have given sweetheart deals to trusted computing partners without full public disclosure. Given the things we have done with PCs it's a hard not to imagine it and if no talks about it then very few ask about it because no one else does.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    100 secret hand crafted aircraft and 1000 secret hand crafted aircraft drones (all of which depend on various imports from China to build them)

    VS

    10,000 mass produced good enough aircraft and 100,000 mass produced good enough drones (none of which depend on US tech)

    USA secret weapon in WWII was mass production, by the way. (The number are wrong but the ratios probably not far off).

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Different purposes...

      For open conflict, mass production is key. But ultimately you pay a high cost for participation.

      If you want to (try at least) to avoid open conflict, your specialist weapon that seriously disrupts a potential aggressor suddenly looks very cost effective.

  4. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Hmm, yet another product/industry that is so unprofitable that it requires billions in taxpayer money to prop up. Why do I not suspect that there will be any discounts for the finished products from these fabs being overly-subsidized?

    Was it a battery factory the US government was going to pay $6bn in subsidies to construct a $2bn factory owned by a Chinese firm?

    I think we can see why it appears the only qualification to be a US politician is good teeth and perfect hair.

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