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The US Chip Fever: Google and NIST Collaborate To Develop Chips for Researchers and Tech Startups

Benzinga · 09/13/2022 14:49
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reached an agreement with Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGLGoogle to produce chips that researchers can use to develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices.
  • SkyWater Technology, Inc (NASDAQ:SKYT) will manufacture the chips at its Bloomington, Minnesota, semiconductor foundry.
  • Google will pay the initial cost of setting up production and subsidize the first production run. 
  • NIST, with university research partners, will design the chip circuitry.
  • NIST looks to design up to 40 different chips optimized for various applications. 
  • The open-source nature of chip designs will enable researchers to freely pursue new ideas without restriction and share data and device designs.
  • Research partners contributing to the chip designs include the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Brown University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
  • The U.S. CHIPS and Science Act have followed multiple domestic and international chipmakers ramping up investment in developing the latest semiconductor technology.
  • Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (NYSE:TSM), and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd (OTC: SSNLF), all of which are now building new chip fabrication facilities worth tens of billions in the U.S., are the frontrunners for a sizable chunk of the grant.
  • Micron Technology, Inc (NASDAQ:MUbroke ground on its leading-edge memory manufacturing fab in Boise, Idaho, as planned. It acknowledged grants and credits provided by the CHIPS and Science Act.
  • Taiwan's GlobalWafers Co Ltd also looks to start construction in November of its new $5 billion plant in Texas.