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54 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2022 Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Fund CHIPS Act, Enact Strengthened FABS Act E The Semiconductor Industr y Association (SIA)—along with a broad coalition of 20 other tech, auto, medical, defense, and other business and labor groups—in a letter urged Congress to immediately enact $52 bil- lion to fund the CHIPS Act and to enact a strengthened FABS Act to bolster domestic semiconductor research, design, and manufac- turing. SEMI Survey Highlights U.S. Chip Industry Competitiveness, Government Investment E SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics design and manufactur- ing supply chain, released the results of a sur- vey of more than 400 U.S. member companies that highlight challenges facing the semicon- ductor industry. Siemens Investing $54M in Its U.S. Manufacturing Footprint to Support National Infrastructure Projects E Siemens joins President Biden at the White House to announce it will invest $54 million across key U.S. manufacturing facilities that serve critical infrastructure markets. Keysight, Samsung Sign MoU to Advance Research & Development of 6G Technology E Keysight Technologies, Inc., announced that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Samsung Research to advance research and development of 6G technology, the next generation of wireless communication. Foxconn Partners With, Invests in XRSPACE to Create Global Metaverse Ecosystem E Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn), a global leader in smart manufacturing, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with XRSPACE, the company pio- neering the next generation of visual reality through VR in the metaverse. Database Now Tracks Integrated Device Manufacturers, 475 Facilities E SEMI and TechSearch International announced a new edition of the Worldwide Assembly & Test Facility Database offering significantly expanded coverage that now includes inte- grated device manufacturer (IDM) facilities. Intel Advances AI Inferencing for Developers E Since OpenVINO launched in 2018, Intel has enabled hundreds of thousands of developers to dramatically accelerate AI inferencing per- formance, starting at the edge and extending to the enterprise and the client. Portable Generator Powers Small Safety Devices E A new, stick-like, water-based device can con- vert energy from movement into electricity. e technology, which was reported in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, could be used to power portable devices, such as safety lights.

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