October 11, 2022

Purdue continues to lead in microelectronics

Purdue continues to lead in microelectronics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Looking for the latest in microelectronics? Do you want to know Purdue’s newest partnerships in the field? Or do you simply need someone to explain the difference between a microchip and a semiconductor? A variety of Purdue’s leadership, expertise and innovation in semiconductors and microelectronics is highlighted in this roundup. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Purdue expert, contact Brian Huchel, bhuchel@purdue.edu

Secretaries of State, Commerce discuss efforts to build a US microelectronics ecosystem

  • Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center was visited in September by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
  • The tour highlighted the leading-edge research and workforce development efforts at Purdue that can help the United States restore domestic semiconductor manufacturing and competitiveness abroad.
  • Raimondo said: “This is what America needs: public sector working with the private sector working with universities tapping into the next generation of talent, solving problems in an interdisciplinary way.”

Discovery Park District at Purdue picked for new $1.8B semiconductor fabrication facility

  • SkyWater Technology expects 750 new jobs to be created by the facility within five years.
  • The 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is dependent upon receiving funds from the CHIPS Act.
  • SkyWater is the latest company in Discovery Park District at Purdue, joining Rolls-Royce, Saab and others.

Explaining microelectronics: the science behind your smartphones, cars and computers

Peter Bermel, the Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, talks about the unrealized necessity of microelectronics in people’s lives now and in the future.

Purdue, global chipmaker partner on new Midwestern semiconductor design center

  • The center marks a commitment to addressing society’s increasing semiconductor demands and needed talent pool.
  • The design center will be MediaTek’s first location in the Midwest.
  • Collaborations on artificial intelligence research and communications chip design are still in the works.

Purdue launches nation’s first comprehensive Semiconductor Degrees Program

  • U.S. economic security depends on developing the talent pipeline in this vital field.
  • The program will create the next generation of semiconductor workforce to reassert American preeminence.
  • The launch allows a Purdue, Ivy Tech partnership to create curriculum, corporate training for a new microelectronics workforce.
daniels-younkin Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Todd Younkin, Semiconductor Research Corp. president and CEO, at a recent event that highlighted the institutions’ partnership and commitments to microelectronics and advanced packaging technologies. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Download image

Purdue expert on building a microelectronics workforce

The demand for microelectronics, which include microchips and semiconductors, increased by 26.2% in 2021. Peter Bermel explains how the U.S. can develop a workforce to establish itself as a global power in microelectronics and keep up with this growing demand.

Purdue preparing now for microelectronics’ next-generation workforce

  • New innovations required to deal with the expanding use of microchips in multiple aspects of everyday life.
  • Purdue partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corp. pairs academia with industry to further microelectronics research.
  • Purdue is promoting interest now, working with students to show career possibilities and build a highly trained workforce.

Want to live in the past? Purdue prof compares life without microchips to living in 1940s

Mark Lundstrom, interim dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue, breaks down the recent microchip shortage and explores solutions. The U.S. consumes about half of the chips produced worldwide but manufactures only 10% of them. 

Purdue leads discussions, planning for the future of microelectronics

  • It’s expected that as many as 100,000 workers will be required to meet the needs of the microelectronics industry in the U.S. in the next decade.
  • As a national leader, Purdue is focused on U.S. improvement in microelectronics, including CHIRP’s (Center for Heterogeneous Integration Research in Packaging) creation of future innovative platforms allowing chip integration from potentially different companies.
  • Development in the SCALE workforce program will feature enhancing existing programs and hands-on training as well as adding tools such as semiconductor degrees.

Read the latest about microelectronics at Purdue.

Purdue microelectronics in the news

Our Silicon Moment

Forbes column by Purdue University President-elect Mung Chiang

Purdue Starts Comprehensive Semiconductor Degree Programs in U.S.

EE Times

Taiwan’s MediaTek pairs with Indiana’s Purdue University for chip design center


Purdue Aims to Support Microchip Manufacturing Workforce

Inside Indiana Business

Purdue Partners With Industry for Next-Gen Microelectronics

Government Technology

House Science debates how to boost U.S. microelectronics

Politico Morning Tech newsletter


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