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After years of trying to get the funding for the CHIPS Act passed via several different vehicles, the U.S. Congress acted quickly last week to approve a slimmed-down version of the competitiveness package formerly known as “USICA” and “America COMPETES” before the August recess. In the end, Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act, the research and development legislation also referred to as “CHIPS Plus”, which includes more than $52 billion for U.S. companies that manufacture semiconductors as well as billions in tax credits to encourage investment in chip manufacturing. It also provides tens of billions of dollars to fund scientific research, innovation, and development of other U.S. technologies. This legislation is expected to be signed by President Biden within the next few days.
IPC advocated strongly for the passage of legislation that would fund the CHIPS Act and urged Congress to include $2.5 billion in the first fiscal year for the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program. IPC applauds both the Senate and the House for reaching an agreement and sending the bill to the President’s desk.
Given the importance of advanced packaging to our industry’s future, IPC is hosting an Advanced Packaging Symposium on October 11-12 at the Kimpton Monaco Hotel in Washington, D.C. Confirmed speakers include senior executives from leading electronics companies, including Intel, AMKOR, Skywater, Schweizer, TTM, Calumet, Northrop Grumman and SEMCO. The participation of senior government officials from the United States and Europe is also in the process of being confirmed. Register today!
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.