The British government unveiled its national strategy in the field of semiconductor industries. The country’s new investment pursues three important goals: boosting domestic chip growth, reducing the risk of supply chain disruptions, and protecting national security.
Despite the UK’s pledge of £1bn to invest in processor manufacturing over the next decade, experts have expressed concerns about the effectiveness of this strategy against the considerable US and EU budgets in this area.
The UK’s semiconductor strategy reflects the government’s commitment to strengthening domestic chipmaking and addressing supply chain vulnerabilities and ensuring national security. Most of the investment will be allocated to the National Semiconductor Infrastructure Plan. The strategy focuses on fostering talent and facilitating access to prototyping and business tools and support for UK companies.
Between 2023 and 2025, almost £200 million will be dedicated to strengthening the UK’s access to infrastructure and research and development and promoting international cooperation.
written by Neowin, UK and Japan are looking for international cooperation and their aim is to focus on strengthening the chip industry in both countries. Japan is committed to continue providing adequate financial support to the companies present in this country.
Although concerns have been raised about the UK’s chip industry, the industry’s response to the country’s strategy has been optimistic. Rene HaasCEO of ARM expressed hope and said the strategy will support the UK’s role in the global supply chain of next-generation chipmaking technologies. In addition, questions have been raised about the impact of investment expansion over 10 years and whether it will be enough to make a substantial difference.
While welcoming investment and research and development and acknowledging Britain’s capacity to advance in the semiconductor industry, experts have called for more transparency regarding the allocation of one billion pounds.