Commerce Department announces $285 million fund to improve digital twins in semiconductor manufacturing

Commerce Department announces $285 million fund to improve digital twins in semiconductor manufacturing

May 13, 2024
This marks the first Manufacturing USA institute launched under the Biden Administration.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced plans to “establish and operate a CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute focused on digital twins for the semiconductor industry.” This marks the first Manufacturing USA institute launched under the Biden Administration. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been issued, and eligible applicants are encourage to submit proposals for the CHIPS for America Program. Up to $285 million in funding will be awarded to various institutes to develop, validate, and use digital twins for semiconductor manufacturing, advanced packaging, assembly, and test processes. According to the department, funded activities include “establishing and supporting shared physical and digital facilities; industry-relevant demonstration projects; and digital twin-related workforce training.”

What people are saying

In a recent quote, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said, “Digital twin technology can help to spark innovation in research, development, and manufacturing of semiconductors across the country – but only if we invest in America’s understanding and ability of this new technology. This new Manufacturing USA institute will not only help to make America a leader in developing this new technology for the semiconductor industry, it will also help train the next generation of American workers and researchers to use digital twins for future advances in R&D and production of chips.”

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio added, “Digital twin technology will help transform the semiconductor industry. This historic investment in the CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute will help unite the semiconductor industry to unlock the enormous potential of digital twin technology for breakthrough discoveries. This is a prime example of how CHIPS for America is bringing research institutions and industry partners together in public private partnership to enable rapid adoption of innovations that will enhance domestic competitiveness for decades to come.”

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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