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EU Funds Future Chip Tech

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Implement a cloud-based Design Platform for design companies throughout the EU.
  3. Support the advancement of technology and engineering capacities for quantum chips.
  4. 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.

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