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BMWi: European Commission approves IPCEI - A good day for Saxony

  • European Commission approves IPCEI - A good day for Saxony
    On 18 December, the European Commission approved the promotion of microelectronics under an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). (Symbolic picture of a wafer from Globalfoundries Dresden)

On 18 December, the European Commission approved the promotion of microelectronics under an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Now, companies from France, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany can be supported in their research and development activities until the first commercial use of new microelectronic applications. Thus, the way is clear for a subsidy of the Federal Government in the amount of 1 billion euros. 

 

The Federal Government welcomes the decision of the European Commission. Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy: "The decision strengthens semiconductor expertise in Europe and Germany, and is the basis for many applications ranging from artificial intelligence to new quantum technologies, to information storage and security The European Commission and the Member States involved have, for the first time, launched an IPCEI together with industry to boost growth, employment and competitiveness in Europe. "

In Germany, companies involved in IPCEI microelectronics (including Bosch, Infineon, GlobalFoundries, Osram, Zeiss) began implementing projects worth 3.1 billion euros at their own risk as early as 2017. The Federal Government can now financially support this through state aid approval by the European Commission.

In Saxony, in particular, the existing microelectronics cluster Silicon Saxony will be further expanded. Thus, the settlement of a new chip factory started by Bosch until the first commercial use is financially supported by the Federal Government. Peter Altmaier commented: "We can now finally get serious about promoting the key technology of microelectronics, for Europe, for Germany, but especially for Saxony." The cluster in Dresden and the surrounding area, which has been growing for some 50 years, will be further expanded and its position as a driving force in Europe. " 

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Picture: Globalfoundries Dresden