19 Jul 2021 -
 General

U.S. is losing semiconductor ‘war’, claims SkyWater CEO.

Asia is winning the war for semiconductor production, according to Thomas Sondermann, CEO of U.S. foundry, SkyWater.

In an article published by Barrons, Sonderman said the United States needs to immediately begin to return to the chip manufacturing industry.

“The current chip shortage has put a spotlight on supply-chain vulnerabilities in the U.S. and forced many companies to reconsider their business strategies. Inability to meet demand for chips is playing a role in surging inflation. The White House has warned that national security is at risk if we cannot reinvigorate domestic manufacturing,” said Sonderman.

Sondermann pointed out that although the United States is still a leader in technological innovation, semiconductor production has been declining for decades. Today, the United States only produces 12% of the world’s semiconductors.

This comes just as TSMC announces their Arizona fab will start chip production in Q1 2024, and South Korea’s semiconductor silicon wafer supplier, SK Siltron, plans to invest US$300 million in its plant in Auburn, Michigan, and employ 150 employees to increase production to supply more SiC wafers.

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