European Commission wants to create an ‘Airbus for chips’

ACM News 28/12/2012

If the European Union (EU) wants to be a global power in chip production, then collaboration and cooperation is the only way toward meeting that goal, according to Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Such a program could be based on Airbus but for the chip sector, Kroes suggests. Airbus, a subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, was created from national defense and aerospace companies across Europe to compete with Boeing on a global commercial level. The Digital Agenda Commission is planning an electronics industrial strategy with the goal of increasing Europe’s attractiveness for investment in design and production. “It doesn’t mean we would structure a venture in the exact same way as Airbus, but the point is that Airbus didn’t materialize by magic, it was planned and it took national and EU coordination, and we see value in achieving something similar with chips,” says Digital Agenda representative Ryan Heath. However, the European manufacture of chips has been in decline for a number of years, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. To reverse this trend, Europe must correct a patchy pan-European policy framework. “The digital economy is growing seven times faster than the rest of the economy, but we need to take risks,” Kroes says.

More info: IDG News Service (12/18/12) Jennifer Baker

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