10 Jan 2023 -
 General

Experts: military chip supply is ‘dangerously low’

F35-Fighter-Jet

EETimes writes the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) may struggle with global chip shortages for as many as 10 years while it weans itself from Asian chip supplies.

According to the article, the DoD must reckon with reckon with competition from commercial buyers for foundry wafers, as well as the military’s over-reliance on older chip architectures.

“The DoD may need a decade to build a reliable domestic supply chain,” reported EETimes in an interview with Mike Burns, an electronics engineer who has founded chip companies like iDeal Semiconductor and Agere Systems. “The issue is how fast U.S.-based Intel can catch up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which makes Altera and Xilinx field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and other chips that the DoD uses in weapons systems like the F-35 fighter jet, missiles, and command-and-control gear.”

Taiwan is at the center of rising tensions between the U.S. and China. 

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