Groundbreaking for $84 million microelectronics campus in Indiana

The cornerstone was laid on a $84 million microelectronics campus [email protected] Technology Park (WestGate), Indiana, to support the growth of the state’s semiconductor market.

The 10-hectare development currently underway has already attracted four semiconductor companies that will collectively invest more than $300 million and create 549 specialized jobs to advance the verification, validation and manufacturing of microelectronic components in the United States.

NHanced Semiconductors is a campus dedicated company. It hopes to move into its new premises by mid-2024 and create 413 new jobs by 2028.

Everspin Technologies, Trusted Semiconductor Solutions and Reliable have also reserved space at the site. Each of the three companies will make a multi-million dollar investment and expect to start operations next year (2023).

In addition to supporting technology innovation and talent development, WestGate will foster partnerships with the US Department of Defense through the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to advance US-made microelectronics.

dr Angela Lewis, SES, Technical Director at NSWC Crane argues that recent years have greatly highlighted the impact of global events on the supply chain and the ability to access needed goods and services.

“It is NSWC Crane’s job to provide the fleet with what it needs to defend our nation, when it needs it. Therefore, being able to draw on domestic microelectronics and semiconductor resources is crucial to limit microelectronics supply chain disruptions,” she said.

Trade Secretary Brad Chambers said it is critical to national security that innovations in microelectronics are homegrown and the new campus supports that.

“American leadership and ingenuity have changed the face of the world for decades, and these investments in Silicon Heartland will ensure the tradition continues well into the 21st century,” he added.

The announcement is the latest in a series to benefit Indiana’s semiconductor industry. In May, the state announced a new Accelerate Microelectronics Manufacturing and Development (AMPD) taskforce to help supply chain companies locate, innovate and manufacture in Indiana.

Soon after, Taiwan-based MediaTek announced plans to establish a new semiconductor design center in partnership with Purdue University. In July, US-based SkyWater Technology announced plans to establish operations in Indiana and a $1.8 billion semiconductor R&D and manufacturing facility in West Lafayette.

Making the US semiconductor market great again

In the December issue of gasworld US, Electronic Fluorocarbons Vice President Matt Adams looks back on how 2022 has gone for the US semiconductor market and what the future may hold as the US seeks to reassert its leadership status.

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