The German state of Bavaria has proposed using a disused air base in Penzing-Landsberg, west of Munich, as a possible location for a leading edge wafer fab, says a report by Reuters quoting German Economy Minister Hubert Aiwanger.
The southern German state of Bavaria is home to automobile manufacturers Audi and BMW, who along with Daimler and Volkswagen have seen shortages of ICs slowing production of cars and the idling of some plants. This has raised security of semiconductor supply to political consciousness in recent months.
However while the Europe Union has talked about forming a domestic semiconductor alliance including Infineon, NXP and STMicroelectronics to cut dependence on foreign chipmakers, none of these players has expressed interest in making leading-edge digital chips.
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