December 7, 2022

Young Speaks at Microelectronics Commons “Industry Day”

Industry Day

Senator Young with Hoosier attendees at the event.

WASHINGTON — This morning, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) spoke at the Microelectronics Commons “Industry Day” about the importance of the CHIPS and Science Act and the critical role Indiana and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane will play in implementing the law.

The Microelectronics Commons is a CHIPS and Science Act-funded national network for onshore, microelectronics hardware prototyping, lab-to-fab transition of semiconductor technologies and semiconductor workforce training. The Microelectronics Commons initiative was launched earlier this year by the Department of Defense (DoD).

The “Industry Day” event is designed to bring together interested parties from around the country to guide the DoD’s efforts in microelectronics development.

In his remarks, Senator Young discussed the vital work of NSWC Crane.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of NSWC Crane to date, and I expect they will deliver once again as we look to strengthen our domestic semiconductor R&D and manufacturing base,” said Senator Young during the event.

Since the CHIPS and Science Act was enacted, dozens of semiconductor companies have announced manufacturing, design, and R&D expansions in the United States, including many in Indiana.

“In my home state of Indiana, there have been several notable examples this year alone: SkyWater Technology recently announced a $1.8 billion fab investment adjacent to Purdue University. MediaTek, a leading fabless company from Taiwan, plans to create a semiconductor design center in West Lafayette. Westgate Technology Park, adjacent to NSWC Crane, last month broke ground on an $84 million microelectronics campus,” said Senator Young.