The European Union has officially inaugurated its Chips Joint Undertaking (Chips JU), a fund aimed at bridging the gap between research, innovation, and production in the semiconductor sector. The Chips for Europe Initiative, primarily driven by Chips JU, has a projected budget of nearly EUR 11 billion by 2030. In its first round, the European Commission has allocated EUR 1.67 billion for applications, with a deadline in early March 2024.
Chips JU is set to:
- Establish innovative pre-commercial pilot lines, providing the industry with state-of-the-art facilities for testing, experimenting, and validating semiconductor technologies and system design concepts.
- Implement a cloud-based Design Platform for design companies throughout the EU.
- Support the advancement of technology and engineering capacities for quantum chips.
- Create a network of competence centers and promote skill development.
For this initial call, proposals are requested on:
- Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator, towards 7 nm nodes.
- Leading-edge nodes below 2 nm.
- Heterogeneous system integration and assembly.
- Wide Bandgap semiconductors.
Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency at the EU, emphasized the launch’s significance for achieving a digital decade, highlighting that the society’s digital future hinges on access to and leadership in semiconductor technologies.