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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Germany has made significant progress on its way to greater technological sovereignty. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has invested around 522 million euros in research, development and implementation of new technologies in the field of microelectronics in Germany since 2019. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier: “Microelectronics is essential for the success of technologies such as 5G, artificial ones Intelligence, automated driving or Industry 4.0. By specifically expanding the research and manufacturing skills of the microelectronics industry, we ensure technological sovereignty and thus also the long-term competitiveness of Germany and Europe as a location in these important industrial sectors. The Covid-19 pandemic has also shown how important it is to strengthen know-how and supply chains in Europe. We have already achieved a lot. That shows that we are on the right track. ”In the“ Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on Microelectronics ”, the Federal Ministry is supporting 18 German companies in setting up modern chip factories, high-performance and energy-efficient microelectronic components right up to the start of mass production to develop and thus create sustainable jobs. By 2022, innovations totaling up to 3.6 billion euros are to be implemented nationwide. The BMWi is contributing up to 1 billion euros – with visible success. In Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Thuringia, the funds paid out so far have already left their mark on 18 locations: the newly built or expanded chip factories from Bosch, Infineon and Globalfoundries in Dresden, the semiconductor factory from Osram in Regensburg, the ZEISS optics halls in Oberkochen and the AP&S laboratory in Donaueschingen are excellent examples of this. These modern production facilities house high-class clean rooms for research and production. Their area together corresponds to that of several soccer fields. Equipped with the latest systems and looked after by highly qualified specialists, they meet the increased quality requirements of the semiconductor industry. One of the projects is the new, highly automated 300 mm semiconductor factory of Robert Bosch SMD GmbH in Dresden. The factory is designed as a “digital building” based on the principles of Industry 4.0. The approximately 10,000 m2 clean room and the factory infrastructure were completed at the end of 2019. All technical trades and systems are currently being gradually put into operation. The first manufacturing processes are run in. Chip production is scheduled to begin in 2021, and the companies have already been able to develop a large number of innovative microelectronic components and technologies that can be used in medical technology applications or in the area of automated driving. Many of these developments, which set standards in Europe and around the world, are already under patent protection.IPCEI MicroelectronicsIn the “Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on Microelectronics”, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom are working together to develop European skills and know-how. how to maintain and expand and invest a total of 1.75 billion euros in state funds. A total of 29 European companies are involved in the IPCEI Microelectronics. These include 18 with production facilities in Germany, which in turn are investing more than 2.6 billion euros in research, development and implementation. The funding measure was approved by the European Commission at the end of 2018.
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