ONAMI investment in semiconductor technology read the market

November 3rd, 2016

Earlier this week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) announced the formation of a new high-level working group focused on strengthening the U.S. semiconductor industry to further national economic and security interests.

The sector’s increased relevance to innovation and global competition affirms ONAMI’s significant investment in novel semiconductor technology over many years. Notable examples are:

  • Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry—CSMC is a multi-institution collaborative research program headquartered at Oregon State University and funded by NSF with major support from ONAMI in 2010. CSMC works with a sustainable materials chemistry platform to address needs in scaling of semiconductors.
  • Inpria—One of ONAMI’s first gap program-funded start-ups, Inpria’s novel materials for photoresists are a 50-year leap forward that fully realizes the sensitivity potential of next-gen imaging technology such as Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography.
  • Amorphyx—Another ONAMI Commercialization Program portfolio company, Amorphyx’ ground-breaking method for using amorphous metals is the basis for a new electronic device—the amorphous metal nonlinear resistor—that dramatically reduces manufacturing costs while increasing the brightness, speed and efficiency of LCD and flexible displays.

The White House announcement states in part:

Additional public and private investments in R&D are almost certain to be required if the past remarkable pace of improvements in price and performance of semiconductors and the benefits deriving therefrom are to continue—R&D that looks to create new technologies that can leapfrog beyond the limits of today’s technology and explore entirely new computer architectures and their integration into systems well beyond the traditional computing sphere, including automotive and other mobile applications.

The time is therefore right for a fresh look at the policy issues shaping innovation and global competition in the semiconductor industry. The new PCAST working group will identify the core challenges facing the semiconductor industry at home and abroad and identify major opportunities for sustaining U.S. leadership. Based on its findings, the working group will deliver a set of recommendations on initial actions the Federal government, industry, and academia could pursue to maintain U.S. leadership in this crucial domain.

Read the full statement at The White House Blog, October 31, 2016.

See also: Semiconductor Industry Association website post, October 31, 2016.