October 4, 2022
Google ties up with US Commerce Department to boost chip production for researchers

The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Google to develop chips for researchers. The chips the researchers will use in the development of new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices will be manufactured by Skywater Technology. The Alphabet-owned company will pay the initial cost of setting up production and subsidize the first production run. The announcement comes soon after the US passed the CHIPS and Science Act, which aims to boost semiconductor research and manufacturing in the country.

according to a blog post By NIST, the US government agency has entered into an agreement with Google to develop and produce chips that researchers can use to develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices.

NIST will design the circuitry for the chips with university research partners such as the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Brown University and Carnegie Mellon University. The chips will be manufactured by Skywater Technology at the Semiconductor Foundry in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The search giant will bear the initial cost of setting up production and will provide subsidies to run production first.

The Department of Commerce said, “NIST expects to design 40 different chips optimized for different applications. Because the chip designs will be open source, researchers can pursue new ideas without restriction and independently develop data and device designs.” Will be able to share.”

US President Joe Biden recently signed an order to implement the Chips Act of 2022, which provides $52.7 billion (about Rs 4,21,000 crore) in subsidies to encourage manufacturing and research of semiconductors in the US. does. It is also expected to boost the country’s competitive efforts against China’s science and technological development.

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