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US signs deal with Google to develop chips for researchers


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WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department said it has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) Google to produce chips that researchers can use to develop new nanotechnology and devices to semiconductors.

The agreement was signed between the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Google. The chips will be made by semiconductor company SkyWater Technology (SKYT.O) at its semiconductor foundry in Bloomington, Minnesota, the department said Tuesday.

Google will pay the initial cost of setting up production and subsidize the first round of production, according to the agreement. NIST, along with university research partners, will design the circuitry for the chips.

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The Biden administration’s Chips and Science Act was recently passed by Congress and signed into law. It authorizes funding aimed at reviving domestic semiconductor production in response to supply chain disruptions.

A series of companies announced new semiconductor factories resulting from the passage of the legislation, which authorized about $52 billion in government subsidies for the production and research of semiconductors in the United States, and a investment tax credit for chip factories estimated at $24 billion.

“NIST plans to design up to 40 different chips optimized for different applications. Because the chip designs will be open source, researchers will be able to pursue new ideas without restriction and freely share data and device designs,” the Commerce Department said in a statement. .

Research partners contributing to the design of the chips include the University of Michigan, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Brown University and Carnegie Mellon University, the statement added.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington Editing by Matthew Lewis

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