Lockheed Martin will work with the American semiconductor manufacturer, GlobalFoundries (GF), to strengthen the “safety, reliability and resilience” of US domestic supply chains for microchip technologies.
Semiconductor microchips have become an essential part of the global economy. Not only is this technology the subject of a trade war, but it is found in thousands of electronic products and is an important component in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
This partnership directly supports the goals of the Biden administration Chips and Science Actwhich seeks to increase the traceability, provenance and domestic production of semiconductor technologies.
The announcement was made today at GF’s advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York with US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Jim Taiclet and GF President and CEO Dr . Thomas Caulfield.
Companies will leverage GF’s technology to increase resilience in microelectronic systems and supply chains.
The collaboration will explore critical semiconductor innovation and secure manufacturing needs in a range of advanced and next-generation chip technologies, including 3D heterogeneous integration for optimized chip packaging that improves performance. silicon photonics for low-power, high-speed data transfer. and gallium nitride on silicon to help the chips operate at higher temperatures.
The companies will also work to develop a chiplet ecosystem to produce chips more quickly and affordably.
“I wrote my CHIPS and Science Act to spark partnerships like this that will secure our domestic supply chains and lead to job growth and investment in places like upstate New York.
“Now, more than ever, we need to secure our supply chains and ensure that the chips our military relies on are embedded [the United States]not abroad,” Schumer stressed.
A domestic microchip ecosystem
In 2021, the macroeconomic analysis firm, TS Lombardnow a subsidiary of GlobalData, suggested that “the structural shift in demand for semiconductors is moving from the focus of global geopolitics and finance from the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea,” as the coveted technology is hailed as “the new oil.”
As “chips are at the center of the US/China competition,” cultivating a domestic semiconductor industrial base will allow the US to maintain its competitive edge against China’s pacing threat.
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