Ground broken on $84m microelectronics campus in Indiana

Ground has been broken on a $84m microelectronics campus at [email protected] Technology Park (WestGate), Indiana, to support growth of the state’s semiconductor market.

The 10-acre development that is now underway has already attracted four semiconductor companies, which will between them invest more than $300m and create 549 specialised jobs to advance the verification, validation, and production of microelectronics components in the US.

NHanced Semiconductors is one company that has committed to the campus. It hopes to move into its new space 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 firms will make a multi-million-dollar investment and each expects to begin operations next year (2023).

As well as 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 the last few years have strongly highlighted the impact global events can have on the supply chain and the ability to access needed goods and services.

“It is NSWC Crane’s job to get the fleet what they need for our nation’s defence, when they need it, so having domestic microelectronics and semiconductor resources to call upon is critical to limiting microelectronics supply chain disruptions,” she said.

Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers said it is critical for national security that innovations in the microelectronics are homegrown and the new campus supports this.

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

The announcement is the latest in a series that benefits Indiana’s semiconductor industry. In May, the state announced a new Accelerating Microelectronics Production and Development (AMPD) taskforce to help companies in the supply chain locate, innovate and produce in Indiana.

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

Making the US semiconductor market great again

In the upcoming December issue of gasworld US, Matt Adams, Vice-President of Electronic Fluorocarbons, looks back at how 2022 has been for the US semiconductor market and what the future could hold as the US looks to once again claim its leadership status.

This feature, and many more, will go live at 14:00 UTC on 1st December – don’t miss them!

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