Semiconductors, microelectronics: government plan for 15 billion

The July 11 announcement by GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics to build a semiconductor foundry near Grenoble was the most notable project in the Electronics 2030 plan unveiled by the government on July 12. As part of the France 2030 investment program and the European Chip Law, the state intends to mobilize 5 billion euros for the sector, including 800 million for exploratory research and development of the “next class 10 nm technology node”. This is double the Nano 2022 plan, launched in 2018, which brought France the first major project of common European interest (PIIEC), built jointly with Germany, Italy, the UK and Austria.

10 billion investment in manufacturing and R&D

A new IPCEI is under preparation with European partners. This is part of the support for the industrialization of electronic technology in France and an increase in production capacity of about 90% by 2027, part of which is the megafactory of Global Foundries and STMicroelectronics, as well as the location of the Intel Design Center. This direction also includes the development and production in France of low-power technologies (FD-SOI) for on-board electronics and artificial intelligence, power (GaN, SiC, etc.) and advanced sensors.

According to the government, the new PIIEC under construction will entail approximately 10 billion euros in research and development and manufacturing investments in France for about fifteen electronic and telecommunications projects, the establishment of more than ten new factories or the production of line components, an increase of 30%. production capacity and the creation of 4300 jobs directly in the industry. These projects will involve 150 partners including X-Fab, Continental, Aledia, Soitec, Murata, Renault, Valeo, Orange, Atos and Airbus. Small and medium enterprises and start-ups will also be mobilized, as well as the academic laboratories of CEA and CNRS.

new funds for research

In addition to the industrialization axis, France’s electronics development plan 2030 also includes an axis to support academic and exploratory research in the field of microelectronics. PEPR (Priority Research Programs and Equipment) will be implemented to “identify disruptive innovations in the medium to long term and promote the emergence of new technology sectors with a still risky profile.”

This PEPR has been built in conjunction with other strategies around AI, biomanufacturing, batteries and 5G and is structured around four axes: digital perception (light sensors, for the environment…), electronics for conversion (powers, frequency, energy) , components for telecommunications (active, passive components, antennas and connections) and electronics for computing (design, advanced integration, memoirs). An envelope of 86 million euros will be reserved for exploratory research and laboratory equipment.

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