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CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute

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CHIPS for America is investing at least $200 million in a CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute to create a first-of-its-kind digital twin center to lead the world in revolutionizing semiconductor and advanced packaging manufacturing. 

On January 31, 2024, the Department of Commerce issued a Notice of Intent (NOI ) to announce a competition for this new institute.

The CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute will foster a collaborative environment to significantly expand innovation, bring tangible benefits to both large and small-to-medium-sized manufacturers, strengthen diverse research institutions, and ensure a national reach in workforce development.  

The CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute will be an entirely new and unique institute that facilitates the manufacturing of semiconductor digital twins.  

This technology can serve as a virtual manufacturing floor – mimicking the physical floor in real time to discover ways to improve products and expedite processes. While changing equipment or manufacturing processes can drastically slow down production, digital twin technology will allow manufacturers to assess techniques before making costly decisions.   

Digital twin technology can significantly reduce U.S. chip development and manufacturing costs, such as by improving capacity planning, production optimization, facility upgrades, and real-time process adjustments. 

The CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute is expected to establish a shared facility where companies can: 

  • Experiment while protecting proprietary information. 
  • Execute industry-relevant research projects. 
  • Leverage a shared facilities and technologies to enable diverse members to innovate at low cost. 
  • Participate in an education and workforce development program.