US selects four semiconductor tech hubs
The US government has announced four tech hubs are aimed at regaining leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, none of which are anywhere near Silicon Valley or California.
The US government even took a dig at the established regions in its choice of the four semiconductor tech hubs. The Tech Hubs programme was authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act and will compete for up to $75 million implementation grants to develop innovation, supply chain resilience, and job creation.
“For too long, economic growth and opportunity has clustered in a few cities on the coasts. Tech Hubs awardees were selected to represent the full diversity of America, selected from more than 370 applications spanning 49 states and four territories,” said the US department of commerce.
“The Tech Hubs will bring the benefits and opportunities of scientific and technological innovation to communities across the country, with nearly three-quarters significantly benefitting small and rural areas and more than three-quarters directly supporting historically underserved communities.”
The Texoma Semiconductor Tech Hub in Texas and Oklahoma will be led by Southern Methodist University and aims to unify existing and planned semiconductor supply chain infrastructure by enhancing regional collaboration and uplifting underserved communities through workforce expansion.
The Corvallis Microfluidics Tech Hub, led by Oregon State University, aims to establish global leadership in the development, scaling, and commercialization of microfluidics technology for use in semiconductor and electronic cooling.
The NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub in New York state aims to enhance regional semiconductor manufacturing capabilities while ensuring economic opportunity for underserved communities. This is (NY), led by CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.
The Advancing Gallium Nitride (GaN) Tech Hub in Vermont, led by the University of Vermont, aims to innovate in GaN manufacturing, a critical materials technology for wireless communication. This is local to the Essex Junction fab run by GlobalFoundries that is ramping up production of 200mm GaN wafers.
The announcement is part of 31 tech hubs announced today, with two quantum hubs in Chicago and Colorado, as well as a number of cleantech, materials and battery hubs. However the largest clusters are in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.