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IPC Lauds Passage of 'CHIPS and Science' Act; Electronics Industry Calls for a Holistic Approach to Reviving Domestic Electronics CapabilitiesAugust 9, 2022 | IPC
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The following statement is issued by John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, to comment on President Biden’s signature today on the “CHIPS and Science Act” in Washington, D.C.:
“Electronics manufacturers are pleased that this bill has become law, and they welcome the added innovation and resiliency it will bring to the global electronics supply chain. Billions of people will benefit from faster, more secure access to the next-generation technologies that this bill will help to speed to market.
“We are especially pleased that the bill includes at least $2.5 billion for a new National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, which is aimed at making the United States a world leader in the post-Moore’s-Law only era of microelectronics. In the mid-1960s, Intel founder Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors that would fit into an integrated circuit would double about every two years, allowing the production of ever more powerful electronic products with greater cost efficiencies. Moore’s Law held true for decades, but today, is dying, and designers are increasingly relying on advancements in the packaging of silicon chips into ever-smaller integrated devices to achieve the greater functionality and efficiencies that they previously realized through silicon scaling. Today, packaging is king, and this legislation will help position the United States as a leader in this crucial technology. [Read more about advanced packaging in this IPC report.]
“Most urgently, the United States needs to invest in the development and production of the most advanced integrated circuit (IC) substrates, i.e., circuit board surfaces, for which there are only nascent capabilities domestically.
“Companies engaged in standing up packaging and IC substrate facilities will have opportunities to tap into U.S. Government funding for R&D, new facilities, and workforce training through the programs funded by this bill. IPC is urging federal officials to structure these initiatives to deliver benefits holistically across the electronics manufacturing industry. Increasing domestic chips production without bolstering related manufacturing capabilities will actually lengthen the semiconductor supply chain, as chips made in California or Ohio will still need to be sent to Taiwan, Japan, or South Korea for packaging and assembly into finished products.
“It’s also important to keep in mind this is only one step in a long journey toward rebuilding the U.S. electronics manufacturing industry. The Executive Branch and Congress must continue to support – through long-term policy and funding – the larger ecosystem that sustains innovative, resilient, and secure electronics manufacturing.”
For more information, visit www.IPC.org.
NEOTech Launches World-Class NPI and Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Silicon Valley, Northern CA02/20/2024 | NEOTech
NEOTech, a leading provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), design engineering, and supply chain solutions in the high-tech industrial, medical device, and aerospace/defense markets, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a state-of-the-art New Product Introduction (NPI) and electronics manufacturing center of excellence at its Fremont, CA facility.
It’s easy to get distracted in an election year. A constant stream of polls, primaries, and political prognostications will surely dominate the media cycle. Elections are important, but they should not distract the 118th Congress from the important work of securing our fragile supply chains and rebuilding microelectronics manufacturing capacity on our own shores.
IPC’s efforts in government relations and advocacy have been pivotal in getting legislation like the CHIPS Act passed. In February, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell was back in Washington, D.C., representing our industry in a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he discussed workforce issues in our industry and how to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need. In this audio interview, he reviews his concerns and solutions on workforce development.
Sentiment among electronics manufacturers remains positive, despite minor setbacks during January, according to IPC’s February Sentiment of the Global Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain Report.
The global semiconductor manufacturing industry recovery is taking hold with electronics and IC sales increasing in the final quarter of 2023 and more growth projected for 2024, SEMI announced in its fourth quarter 2023 publication of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Monitor (SMM) report, prepared in partnership with TechInsights.