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posted by janrinok on Monday March 11, @10:54AM   Printer-friendly

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Intel is on track to receive $3.5 billion in US CHIPS Act funding to produce advanced semiconductors for American military and intelligence programs.

The chipmaker has been a top contender for the cash with rumors swirling since November that the x86 giant would receive anywhere from $3-$4 billion. This funding, siphoned from the overall $39 billion in CHIPS and Science Act allotment,  would presumably support the development of a "secure enclave," which we understand to be a separate production line dedicated to military chip production.

According to Bloomberg the $3.5 billion will be dispersed over the next three years. The news was tucked away in a spending bill passed by the US House of Reps Wednesday, and will cement Intel as the leading producer of silicon for the defense market.

However, it's not like Uncle Sam had much of a choice if it wanted to keep production of military silicon in the US. Intel is so now the only American chipmaker producing leading edge silicon domestically.

New York-based GlobalFoundries abandoned development of 7nm and smaller process tech back in 2018 in order to focus on more mature and niche process tech in areas like radio communications, imaging, optical, automotive, industrial, and IoT.

Even still, many of GlobalFoundries' processes still have military applications, with the company still in early deliver on a 10-year $3.1 billion DoD contract to produce semiconductors for aerospace and defense applications awarded last fall.

That leaves Taiwan's TSMC and South Korea's Samsung Electronics, which are building fabs in Arizona and Texas, as the only other US producers of leading edge chips. However, in this case, it seems that the US government would rather entrust its secrets to American companies.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @11:07AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @11:07AM (#1348217)

    Intel Inches Closer

    In a time when the battle is for nanometers, Intel's inches are a century behind.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday March 11, @02:20PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 11, @02:20PM (#1348236) Journal

      Phrases like "inches closer" or "country mile" need an upgrade to metric. Inchworms endorse this change.

      The most difficult part of the art of fencing is digging the holes and carrying the fence posts.
      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @04:23PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @04:23PM (#1348261)

        The game's thirty point four eight centimeters.

        -Sherlock Holmes

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Monday March 11, @03:37PM (1 child)

      by Freeman (732) on Monday March 11, @03:37PM (#1348253) Journal

      They could have used the term "edges".

      Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @07:45PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 11, @07:45PM (#1348294)

        or creeps.