by Alex Gordon, Policy Associate
The semiconductor ecosystem in the United States is broad and diverse, as illustrated by SIA’s new U.S. Semiconductor Ecosystem Map, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows users to explore industry activities across the country, including nearly 500 locations in 42 states. This expansive ecosystem is comprised of semiconductor manufacturing, chip design, intellectual property and chip design software providers, semiconductor materials and manufacturing equipment, and research and development, including university R&D partners of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).
Of particular note, the U.S. Semiconductor Ecosystem Map highlights announced company investments for new and expansion semiconductor ecosystem projects. These projects cover a range of activities needed to bolster the U.S. chip ecosystem, including new, expanded, or upgraded fabs in various semiconductor segments (e.g., advanced logic, memory, analog, and legacy chips), semiconductor equipment facilities, and facilities to produce key materials used in the chip manufacturing process. From the time the CHIPS Act was introduced in the Spring of 2020 through the months following its enactment in August 2022, companies in the semiconductor ecosystem announced dozens of projects to increase manufacturing capacity in the U.S. As of March 2023, some highlights of announcements spurred by the CHIPS Act include:
As the CHIPS Act incentives and R&D programs continue to be implemented, SIA’s U.S. Semiconductor Ecosystem Map will be updated to reflect the ever-growing domestic semiconductor footprint.
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