The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Google to develop chips for researchers. SkyWater Technology, the company that works with Alphabet, will pay for the initial costs of producing the first production run. The announcement comes shortly after the US passed the CHIPS and Science Act that aims to increase semiconductor research and manufacturing in the country.
According to a blog post by NIST, the US government agency has reached a deal with Google to develop and develop chips that can be used by researchers to develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor equipment.
With collaboration between University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Brown University, and Carnegie Mellon University, NIST will design circuitry for chips. At SkyWater Technology''s semiconductor facility in Bloomington, Minnesota, the chips will be manufactured by SkyWater Technology.
The start of the production will cost the search giant billions, and it will subsidize the first production run.
"NIST intends to develop as many as 40 different chips optimized for different applications. Because the chip designs will be open source, researchers will be able to pursue new ideas without limitations and share data and device designs freely," the Commerce Department said.
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President Joe Biden of the United States has recently signed an agreement to implement the 2022 CHIPS Act, which provides $52.7 billion (nearly Rs. 4,21,000 crore) in subsidies to stimulate semiconductor manufacturing and research in the United States. It is also expected to strengthen the country''s competitive efforts against China''s science and technological advancements.