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Spain Advances in Global Microchip Manufacturing

Strategic Investment in Microchips

The Spanish Government has embarked on a significant initiative by allocating 50.4 million euros to the Strategic Program for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) for the Development of Microelectronics and Semiconductors, known as Perte CHIP. This strategic move, drawing from a total fund of 12.25 billion euros from European funds, aims to position Spain prominently in the global microchip manufacturing industry, challenging giants like Taiwan and South Korea.

Innovative Projects in Microelectronics

Among the 15 projects selected for the first round of Perte CHIP funding, totaling an investment of 50 million euros, the DioSiC project stands out. Led by a consortium of Spanish companies such as Nanoker, Fagor, and Hiperbaric, the project aims to create more efficient and resilient semiconductors. Using silicon carbide, the consortium seeks to develop high-power microchips, reducing production costs by 30% and increasing efficiency by 35%. Ramón Torrecillas, founder of Nanoker and General Director of the General CSIC Foundation, emphasizes the need for innovation and addressing the challenges of entering the competitive chip market.

Future and Diversification of Projects

Besides DioSiC, Perte CHIP funds another 14 projects involving 65 companies, including prominent names like Indra, Televés, Twoptics Systems Design, and Fyla Laser. These projects span a wide range of applications, from designing chips for stratospheric balloons to in vitro microfluid research for monitoring pharmacological cancer treatments. This broad spectrum of projects reflects Spain’s commitment to innovation and technological development, marking an important milestone for the country in the global technology scene.

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