President Obama sets up Semiconductor Working Group

Markets & Products / Why should I care? / November 1, 2016
President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has formed a working group to strengthen the US semiconductor industry.

The announcement setting up the working group says:

‘The industry may be approaching technological and economic inflection points. Based on the currently commercialized approach to semiconductor technology, the industry may soon be unable to continue the pace of advance described by “Moore’s Law”—doubling the processing power of chips every 18–24 months—a pace that has brought with it rapid advances in the capabilities of systems that use semiconductors, opened up new applications, and thus fueled economic growth while increasing quality of life and strengthening national security.’

‘Indeed, the exponentially growing cost of designing and fabricating higher-performance chips in the conventional mould is already stifling innovation, making it more difficult for startups and new ideas from university research to create new markets—a key source of competitive advantage for America’s entrepreneurial economy,’ continues the announcement,

‘Additional public and private investments in R&D are almost certain to be required if the past remarkable pace of improvements in price and performance of semiconductors and the benefits deriving therefrom are to continue—R&D that looks to create new technologies that can leapfrog beyond the limits of today’s technology and explore entirely new computer architectures and their integration into systems well beyond the traditional computing sphere, including automotive and other mobile applications,’ says the announcement.

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Article from David Manners, Electronics Weekly

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