Intel's desperate for government support to boost the US' chip production
Intel wants more fabs, but they wants your governments money to help pay for them
Published: 9th December 2021 | Source: Pat Gelsinger - Opinion Piece - CNN |
Intel wants public money to make his IDM 2.0 vision a reality
Today, the world is suffering from major supply chain problems, and that has heavily impacted the semiconductor market. With Asia representing approximately 75% of the world's semiconductor manufacturing capacity, the world is reliant on international shipping to keep the technological age afloat.
In 1990, the US and Europe accounted for 37% and 44% of global semiconductor manufacturing respectively. In 2020, they only account for 12% and 9%. Intel's Pat Gelsinger believes that this trend will continue without government action.
When Pat Gelsinger became CEO of Intel, the company created Intel Foundry Services and pioneered their IDM 2.0 ambitions. Intel wants to build more fabs and to become a leading IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturer) that can rival TSMC and Samsung. Intel wants to build the chips behind future devices, and that means that Intel needs more manufacturing capacity.
Intel is desperate for your government's money
In an opinion piece written by Pat Gelsinger, the discussed the US' inability to address the global chip shortage. Strong government support is what drove Asia's rise to become the world's semiconductor manufacturing hub, and Pat wants similar investments from the US government (and EU), to decentralise the world's semiconductor infrastructure.
In other places, Pat has commented that the US' semiconductor spending is better spent at Intel than its rivals, stating that "Taiwan is not a stable place," to dissuade investment in TSMC, and makes it clear that we would prefer the US to invest in US companies. "Do you want to own the IP, the R&D, and tax stream associated with that or do you want that going back to Asia?"
Intel wants to be the primary beneficiary of the US' CHIPS act, which earmarks $52 billion for chipmakers. Intel wants as much of that money as possible, because keeping it away from Samsung and TSMC takes potential US-based capacity expansion away from its rivals, and will fuel the growth of Intel Foundry Services.
While Pat makes strong points regarding the US' need for more semiconductor manufacturing capacity within the US, they are coming from a man that has a lot to gain from the US choosing Intel over its rivals. He has a self-interest in this debate.
One of Intel's arguments for government investment is the heavy subsidies for semiconductor manufacturers in Asia, with the Taiwanese and Korean government giving the industry a 30-40% subsidy. Pat believes that Intel is not battling with TSMC and Samsung, he believes that he is battling against Taiwan and South Korea. Pat also suggests that Chinese semiconductor manufacturers are getting even larger subsidies.
Pat Gelsinger believes that the US should give Intel the same benefits, using public money to fuel the growth of Intel Foundry Services. The benefit of this is that more high-end semiconductors will be produced domestically, but the investment needed will cost billions.
The world needs semiconductor manufacturing to be decentralised, and investment from the EU and US can help accomplish this. Intel wants to be one of the primary beneficiaries of this funding, so expect to see a lot more of money grubbing from Intel in the future.
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