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Modi Pushing India Into Top Tier of Semiconductor Manufacturing: NYT

Modi Pushing India Into Top Tier of Semiconductor Manufacturing: NYT

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to propel India into the top tier of advanced semiconductor technology manufacturing — a “giant scale of ambition” to seize on the world’s desire to reduce reliance on China, said a New York Times report.

India has no history of fabbing chips and virtually none of the hyperspecialized engineers and equipment needed to launch such an initiative.

“Still, it says it will make them here — and soon. It took TSMC and other Taiwanese companies decades, driven by government spending and countless billions in capital investment, to get where they are,” the NYT report mentioned.

Making microchips also requires a lot of “bespoke ingredients”.

India’s biggest chemical plants are near Dholera and could pump out the specialized gases and liquids needed to run any chip fab. Seaports and railheads can ensure high levels of connectivity. Dholera in Gujarat has been designated as the future home of India’s first “semicon city”.

In July, Modi had promised 50 percent financial assistance to players wishing to set up semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the country.

According to the report, the government is “offering billions to build an entire semiconductor ecosystem on vast empty plots”.

“According to India’s government, the microprocessor chips that power all things digital will soon be fully made in India. It’s an ambition as unlikely as it is bold and speaks volumes about Modi’s belief that he can propel India into the top tier of advanced technology manufacturing,” the NYT report noted.

Today, nearly all cutting-edge logic chips are made in Taiwan.

However, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, founded in 1987 by chip legend Morris Chang, “has been struggling to help America get its own fabrication plants or ‘fabs’ going in Arizona, with help from President (Joe) Biden’s subsidy-infused CHIPS Act”.

“India’s technology scene is exulting in the limelight. Its Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander reached the south pole of the moon in late August. Modi saw the Group of 20 summit as a platform to show off India’s digital-public infrastructure,” the report said.

According to the report, Modi has been telling nations not aligned with Beijing that India has an important role to play in “building a trusted supply chain”.

In June, US-based Micron Technology had announced plans to set up a new $2.75 billion semiconductor assembly and test facility in Gujarat.

Another US-based semiconductor company, Applied Materials, also announced plans to build a collaborative engineering center in India with an investment of $400 million over four years.

Lam Research, a US supplier of wafer-fabrication equipment and related services to the semiconductor industry, announced a training program in India for up to 60,000 high-tech engineers.

The three key announcements in the semiconductor sector will create a minimum 80,000 to 1 lakh direct jobs in India.

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