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US semiconductor ecosystem expands

US semiconductor ecosystem expands

The United States semiconductor industry is a broad and diverse ecosystem that encompasses manufacturing, chip design, intellectual property, semiconductor materials and manufacturing equipment, as well as research and development. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has mapped out nearly 500 locations in 42 states, highlighting the vastness of this ecosystem.

SIA’s mapping of the US semiconductor ecosystem is being presented via an interactive map, which reveals that the country’s semiconductor manufacturing footprint is even larger than many people realize. The mapping shows that there are currently 102 existing semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the US. Furthermore, there are 17 announced new projects and 10 announced expansion projects, all related to semiconductor manufacturing.

In total, the US semiconductor ecosystem consists of 474 existing facilities engaged in either manufacturing, equipment, materials, or research and development. The ecosystem is set to grow, as there are 57 announced new projects and expansion projects on the horizon.

The SIA’s research indicates that the investments for new and expanded semiconductor ecosystem projects cover a range of activities needed to strengthen the domestic chip ecosystem. This includes new, expanded, or upgraded fabs in various semiconductor segments such as advanced logic, memory, analog, and legacy chips, semiconductor equipment facilities, as well as facilities to produce key materials used in the manufacturing process.

Since the passage of the US CHIPS Act in August 2022, numerous projects aimed at expanding manufacturing capacity in the US have been announced. The Act aims to fund domestic semiconductor manufacturing with up to $52 billion in government incentives and help the US regain its foothold in the global semiconductor market.

Investments totalling over $210 billion have been announced across 19 states to increase domestic manufacturing capacity. The semiconductor industry has become a priority for the US government, as it is seen as critical to national security, economic growth, and job creation.

In conclusion, the US semiconductor ecosystem is a vital component of the global semiconductor industry, with a wide range of companies and institutions involved in various aspects of the semiconductor value chain. The recent investments in expanding domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity are expected to help the US regain its leadership position in the semiconductor industry and drive economic growth in the coming years.