26 Nov 2021 -

Will the global chip shortage actually boost US manufacturing?

A pandemic problem has led to a $52 billion plan to help chipmakers like Intel and an overhaul of the global economy, reports CNET.

“The shortage is leading the tech industry and politicians to try to reverse the US’ waning importance in the microprocessor business. The US government isn’t happy with how reliant the country’s economy and military are on Asian high-tech manufacturing. And chipmakers, salivating at government subsidies to underwrite research and new factories, and forecasting a widespread increase in chip demand, are investing as never before.

Today’s shortage is accelerating tomorrow’s investment. Chipmakers like Samsung, GlobalFoundries, Intel and TSMC see demand for semiconductors surging as digital technology spreads far beyond computers and smartphones.

“Intel, which slipped to third place behind Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Samsung Foundry, hopes to take advantage of the tailwinds – rising demand and government funding – to reclaim its leadership position.”

“It takes years to build a fab. Intel just started building two new facilities, Fab 52 and 62 in Arizona, at a cost of $20 billion. But they won’t begin mass manufacturing until the second half of 2024, said Keyvan Esfarjani, leader of Intel’s manufacturing and supply chain.

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