U.S. Dept. of Defense
Desept9 1 Promo

Semiconductor Strategies Boost Domestic Supplies

Sept. 9, 2022
The growing need for semiconductors in defense and commercial systems is encouraging increased device fabrication of onshore U.S. semiconductor foundries to fabricate the devices.

Concern over defense-related electronic supply chains and reliance on offshore semiconductors has motivated the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to encourage investments in electronics technologiesespecially semiconductorswithin domestic shores.

The bipartisan Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America (CHIPS) and Science Act recently signed into law provides a clear roadmap for the revitalization of domestic electronics and semiconductor technologies and manufacturing capabilities. Leading semiconductor suppliers such as Micron Technology and Qualcomm have already announced their intentions to invest in new semiconductor manufacturing foundries within the U.S.

The $54.2 billion CHIPS and Science Act is designed to encourage electronics companies and semiconductor developers to keep foundries within U.S. shores, although not just for defense applications. Many of the semiconductors and related technologies are useful for electronic warfare (EW) and radar systems as well as commercial communications and wireless sensors such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

With frequency spectrum congested at lower frequencies but widely available at higher frequencies, recent interest among semiconductor developers includes transceivers operating at mmWave frequencies of 24 GHz and higher that also can support systems for 5G cellular wireless-communications networks.

Regarding the DoD’s investment in semiconductors and computing technologies, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III noted, “The Department will continue to invest in programs to secure U. S. microelectronics interests, reverse the erosion of domestic innovation and supply, and establish a strong foundation for the next generation of microelectronics technology for DoD applications, while also sustaining current systems.”

While supporting efforts from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the CHIPS and Science Act is meant to restore onshore manufacturing of semiconductors and other electronic components, such as microprocessors, while strengthening component supply chains and reducing costs. Fabless semiconductor supplier Qualcomm recently announced a partnership with foundry GlobalFoundries whereby $4.2 billion will be invested to fabricate devices in a foundry in upstate New York.

Sponsored Recommendations

Getting Started with Python for VNA Automation

April 19, 2024
The video goes through the steps for starting to use Python and SCPI commands to automate Copper Mountain Technologies VNAs. The process of downloading and installing Python IDC...

Can I Use the VNA Software Without an Instrument?

April 19, 2024
Our VNA software application offers a demo mode feature, which does not require a physical VNA to use. Demo mode is easy to access and allows you to simulate the use of various...

Introduction to Copper Mountain Technologies' Multiport VNA

April 19, 2024
Modern RF applications are constantly evolving and demand increasingly sophisticated test instrumentation, perfect for a multiport VNA.

Automating Vector Network Analyzer Measurements

April 19, 2024
Copper Mountain Technology VNAs can be automated by using either of two interfaces: a COM (also known as ActiveX) interface, or a TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) socket interface...