Thursday, June 4, 2020
As the US semiconductor industry seeks out more support from the federal government, some recent "shifts in thinking" could help the industry reach long-sought goals, AMD CEO Lisa Su said Tuesday. The remarks followed news that the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is seeking around $37 billion in federal funding for various efforts to support the industry, particularly for domestic manufacturing.
"We have spent time on this topic of US domestic manufacturing," Su said, speaking as a member of the SIA. "I think it's part of a broader conversation... really around US leadership in technology."
"The US is a leader in technology, in high-performance computing, and our goal is to continue that particular leadership," Su said in a webchat hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Technology Association. "With that comes a need for secure supply chains."
In addition to supporting domestic manufacturing, she said the US should continue to support "leading-edge R&D" as well as the training of new researchers. "If you think about what's gotten us to where we are," she said, "we have these universities that are the training ground for the next generation of technology leaders."
The SIA, according to the Wall Street Journal, has drafted a proposal for $5 billion in funding for a new semiconductor factory jointly operated by the public and private sector, as well as $15 billion in state block grants for manufacturing facilities. The group is also reportedly seeking $17 billion for federal research, another $10 billion for fundamental and applied research, and $5 billion for a new technology center.
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