The Biden administration announced investments Friday totaling more than $5 billion in semiconductor research and development intended to re-establish the US as a global leader manufacturing the "next generation of semiconductor technologies."
Through sizeable investments, the US will "advance US leadership in semiconductor R&D, cut down on the time and cost of commercializing new technologies, bolster US national security, and connect and support workers in securing good semiconductor jobs," a White House press release said.
Currently, the US produces "less than 10 percent" of the global chips supply and "none of the most advanced chips," the White House said. But investing in programs like the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC)—considered the "centerpiece" of the CHIPS and Science Act's four R&D programs—and training a talented workforce could significantly increase US production of semiconductors that the Biden administration described as the "backbone of the modern economy."
The White House projected that the NSTC's workforce activities would launch in the summer of 2024. The Center's prime directive will be developing new semiconductor technologies by "supporting design, prototyping, and piloting and through ensuring innovators have access to critical capabilities."