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US launches new R&D centers for chips technology

As part of the 2022 Chips and Science Act, the Commerce Department is spending $11 billion to boost US leadership in research and development. The hope is to create the next generation of critical electronic components and beat Beijing in the battle for advanced technology.

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That will involve everything from developing better measurement techniques for microelectronic materials to new strategies for what’s known as chip packaging fitting the components together for use.

Officials have allocated nearly 85% of the Chips Act manufacturing incentives, including a $6.1 billion grant to Micron Technology Inc. set to be unveiled Thursday. But they’re just beginning to open applications for R&D funding that some experts say could prove more critical in the long term.

Key to the effort is attracting a tech workforce that might otherwise choose to pursue artificial intelligence software or some other more fashionable area. But the endeavor has sparked questions over whether it has enough funding — or the right approach — to make that happen.

Those grants are just the first step toward keeping America’s chip economy healthy, said Daniel Berger, associate director of Commerce’s packaging effort. “The R&D program, which I’m part of, is to sustain it, keep it here,” he said.


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