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US ties up with Google to manufacture chips locally after NIST report

The deal comes just weeks after NIST released a report on the challenges facing the US chip industry. The report outlines challenges in measurement, standardization and modeling and simulation

The deal comes just weeks after NIST released a report on the challenges facing the US chip industry. The report outlines challenges in measurement, standardization and modeling and simulation

The US Institute of Technology Standards on Tuesday signed a deal with Google to help researchers in the country develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices. The deal was signed between the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the technology company.

The chipset will be manufactured by Skywater Technology, a US-based pure-play silicon foundry. As part of the deal, Google will pay the initial cost of setting up production and subsidize the first production run. And NIST, along with university research partners, will design the circuitry for the chips. The circuit designs will be open source to allow academic researchers and startups to use the chips without any restrictions or licensing fees, the Commerce Department said in a statement.

The deal comes just weeks after NIST released a report on the challenges being faced by US chip industry, The report outlines challenges in measurement, standardization and modeling and simulation.

Metrology, or the scientific study of measurement, is an important aspect of standardization. And it is essential at every stage of semiconductor technology development, from basic and applied R&D in the laboratory to proof of concept, scale prototyping, factory manufacturing, assembly and packaging, and performance verification prior to final deployment.

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“Metrology Underlies Our Basis” [the U.S.] Ability to address the challenges faced by semiconductor manufacturers. Investing in metrology capabilities today will future-proof technology needs and support US leadership for the next generation of microelectronics,” the report said.

The NIST and Google collaboration aims to build measurement capabilities that can be used to develop standards in the future.

Skywater will produce the chips in the form of 200-millimeter disks of patterned silicon, called wafers. Universities and small businesses can put these into thousands of individual chips at their own processing facilities. [The 200mm wafer is an industry standard format compatible with the manufacturing robots at most semiconductor foundries.]

NIST notes that giving researchers access to chips in this format will allow them to prototype designs and emerging technologies that, if successful, can be integrated into production. Its aim is to take the new technology to the market faster.

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