“We want to do our part in helping build back the European semiconductor industry.”
― Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO
Europe’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Problem
Europe’s position in global semiconductor manufacturing has been gradually declining since the 1990s, decreasing to less than 9% today, with over 75% of semiconductor manufacturing capacity concentrated in Asia. (Source: Kearney Report)
In its “2030 Digital Compass” communication, the European Commission noted that “microprocessors are at the start of most of the key, strategic value chains such as connected cars, phones, Internet of Things, high performance computers, edge computers and Artificial Intelligence. While Europe designs and manufactures high-end chips, there are important gaps, notably in state-of-the-art fabrication technologies and in chip design, exposing Europe to a number of vulnerabilities.” (Source: 2030 Digital Compass) These vulnerabilities include risks to the dependability, security, and resilience of semiconductor supply chains.
“Securing the supply in the most advanced chips has become an economic and geopolitical priority. Our objectives are high: doubling our global market share by 2030 to 20% and producing the most sophisticated and energy-efficient semiconductors in Europe.”
– Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Industry and Internal Market, announcing the EU Chips Act
Europe’s Vision for the Chips industry
In February 2022, the European Commission announced the Chips Act. The Act is a collection of policy measures that aim to restore EU leadership in chipmaking and innovation, mobilising and coordinating public funds to support research, design and production of innovative chips, facilitating investments in manufacturing infrastructure, and building additional resilience against potential supply chain crises in the future.
Intel shares the ambition of the Act, and our plan for Europe is fully aligned with the objectives, projects and measures envisaged by the EU.