MITRE Engenuity and The Semiconductor Alliance Release Vision for the National Semiconductor Technology Center


A Vision for the National Semiconductor Technology Center

MITRE Engenuity and its industry working group, The Semiconductor Alliance, have published American Innovation for American Growth, a white paper summarizing their whole-of-nation call to action for a fair and objective National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC).

The Semiconductor Alliance, led by MITRE Engenuity, is comprised of individual experts from all facets of the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem, including integrated device manufacturers, fabless chip companies, providers of infrastructure, design and manufacturing tools, and technology innovators from industry and academia. These stakeholders have joined together to create a vision and path for a more resilient and innovation-focused semiconductor supply chain, one that ensures American innovation truly leads to American growth.

In response to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that calls for the creation of an NSTC and government investment in the industry, the paper “American Innovation, American Growth: A Vision for the National Semiconductor Technology Center” was authored by an unprecedented collection of action-oriented leaders from across the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem.

“We must ensure that American innovation leads to American growth,” says Edlyn Levine, PhD, chief technologist, MITRE Engenuity. “The United States needs to lead in next generation information technologies by embracing a bold technology portfolio to drive revolutionary rather than evolutionary breakthroughs and to build the capabilities to ensure that what we invent here can be produced here and not offshored.”

During a talk with Washington Post Live on the importance of the U.S. semiconductor industry, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo pointed out the dire need for investment in American innovation: “Our entrepreneurs are the best in the world, but we need to make sure that we make the investments necessary for them to compete.”

Appropriating funds for the National Semiconductor Technology Center is a critical measure the government must take to keep pace with this vision for the industry. In this paper, The Semiconductor Alliance lays out guidance for building an NSTC that ensures resources from government and industry truly augment efforts to accelerate innovation, workforce development, and investment in semiconductors and the industries that rely on them.

Uniquely poised to tackle problems that no single entity can solve, MITRE Engenuity is an objective, independent, and neutral not-for-profit technology foundation for public good. By forging innovative partnerships based on trust and neutrality, and initiating a strategy focused on objective outcomes that stimulate innovation and sustainable growth of the U.S. market, MITRE Engenuity is aligning the interests of industry, government, and universities to work together to grow the semiconductor industry on U.S. soil.

As Chief Acceleration Officer at MITRE, and MITRE Engenuity leader, Laurie Giandomenico, PhD, calls for nationwide action to address the U.S.-China strategic competition: “It is more crucial than ever before, to embrace, accelerate, and guide deep tech innovation for public good in industries that deeply impact both national security and economic stability. It is not enough to lead the design of new chips, we must create incentives, stimulate investment, build the workforce, and lead technology advancements across the whole value chain.”

American Innovation, American Growth is the first significant, collective work of The Semiconductor Alliance and signifies a nationwide commitment to creating semiconductor supply chain resiliency and translating U.S. innovation in semiconductors into a sustaining stream of technological advances, job growth, and economic development aligned with democratic principles.

Read more about this path for the future in “American Innovation, American Growth: A Vision for the National Semiconductor Technology Center” here.

About MITRE Engenuity

About MITRE Engenuity

MITRE Engenuity, a subsidiary of MITRE, is a tech foundation for public good. MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.

MITRE Engenuity brings MITRE’s deep technical know-how and systems thinking to the private sector to solve complex challenges that government alone cannot solve. MITRE Engenuity catalyzes the collective R&D strength of the broader U.S. federal government, academia, and private sector to tackle national and global challenges, such as protecting critical infrastructure, creating a resilient semiconductor ecosystem, building a genomics center for public good, accelerating use case innovation in 5G, and democratizing threat informed cyber defense.

KEYWORD: National Semiconductor Technology Center