Their plans call for establishing a Center for Secured Microelectronics Ecosystem aimed at ensuring a secure supply of semiconductor chips and related tools all the way from the foundry to the packaged system. The center is to be located at the Purdue University West Lafayette campus in collaboration with Purdue Research Foundation, and will perform research to ensure a secure ecosystem for the manufacture of microelectronics systems.
"This agreement solidifies a vital global partnership for Purdue and enables our leading researchers to further advance their discoveries in microelectronics," says Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. "TSMC's commitment is only the beginning of what we believe will be an internationally significant initiative."
Purdue officials and TSMC reached the agreement in Washington, D.C., during the SelectUSA Conference. SelectUSA is a government-wide program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce designed to promote foreign investment in the U.S.
Commenting on the partnership, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says, "Semiconductors will continue to be the enabling backbone for technological and economic growth in the 21st century, propelling advancements in the internet of things, autonomous transportation, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and many other applications. We are pleased that TSMC and Purdue University took their partnership to the next level at SelectUSA - a platform for leading global semiconductor manufacturers to continue expanding and investing in the United States."
The Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will lead the research and development effort in conjunction with TSMC. It currently has about 10 faculty members collaborating with TSMC at various levels of research.
Mung Chiang, Purdue's John A. Edwardson Dean of the Purdue College of Engineering says, "We anticipate the new center will begin operations at the beginning of the new academic year. At the start, we will focus on developing a secure microelectronics ecosystem. We also anticipate that the partnership will grow in the next couple of years to include multiple U.S. universities."