Biden Pledges $5B for CHIPS Research

Universities unite to tackle semiconductor industry challenges

by Zain ul Abedin
Biden Pledges $5B for CHIPS Research
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In a significant announcement, the Biden administration promised $5 billion to a consortium of public-private entities that would work together on research and development in computer chip technology. The strategic investment has been aligned with the vision of President Joe Biden in enhancing innovation and decreasing the time and money associated with commercializing new technologies in the United States.

This also becomes more meaningful with the inclusion and involvement of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). These are organizations readying themselves to face the globe in the chip technology, with America's diversity being a strength that always stands out.

HBCU leaders met with federal officials at a HBCU CHIPS Network event last month to discuss ways to help diversify the semiconductor industry and increase research in advanced computer chips.

HBCUs Boost Chip Industry

When speaking at the event, U.S.

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stressed the importance of concerted effort and diversity in the semiconductor industry if the U.S. is to have a chance against global rivals, such as China and Taiwan. The measure is part of the larger Chips and Science Act that passed in August of this year, inclusive of funding for domestic semiconductor production.

The HBCU CHIPS Network meeting was held at the headquarters of the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and represents one more partnership with the institutions such as Georgia Tech University. This is in addition to universities, which have been involved in dealing with some of the most critical challenges, among which have been national security risks, supply chain shortages, and workforce development in the semiconductor sector.

Officials such as CHIPS for America's Chief Opportunity and Inclusion Officer Kylie Patterson have also expressed strong support for diverse groups in the country. It is a move in one more step toward ensuring inclusive technological development and correcting historical education funding and opportunity inequalities.

Through this move, HBCUs are set to play a very pivotal role in the technological advancement of America and her national security, an essence that highlights diversity and collaboration to achieve these