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NIST Announces Leaders of CHIPS for America’s National Semiconductor Technology Center


The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the incoming board of trustees for the nonprofit entity that will operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC). The NSTC is the core research and development (R&D) component of the Department of Commerce’s CHIPS for America program. 

Intended to accelerate the pace of innovation and help lower the cost and time required to bring new technologies to market, the NSTC will serve as a hub of collaboration for members of the semiconductor manufacturing and supplier industry. The board of trustees members are:

  • Robin Abrams, former interim CEO of ZILOG Inc., former CEO of Firefly Communications Inc. and VeriFone
  • Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO and chairman of Intel Corporation
  • L. Reginald (Reggie) Brothers, principal with MIT Lincoln Laboratory and an operating partner at AE Industrial
  • Nicholas (Nick) Donofrio, retired IBM leader of technology and innovation strategies
  • Donna L. Dubinsky, CEO of Palm Computing and Handspring 
  • Erica R.H. Fuchs, professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • James D. (Jim) Plummer, John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University

“We are on a mission to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to America and secure our national and economic security, and to do that, we must continue to lead the world in semiconductor R&D. The NSTC is going to supercharge chip technology and innovation ecosystems across the country so that cutting-edge developments in semiconductor design and manufacturing happen here in the U.S.,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “I am grateful to this outstanding group of leaders for answering the call to serve our nation and advance America’s technological leadership.”

“The members of the board of trustees will help to establish an NSTC that is visionary, agile, and responsive to the needs of the semiconductor ecosystem,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST director Laurie E. Locascio. “The NSTC will provide our domestic manufacturing industry with technological advances that will keep American-made products competitive, and it will help train the next-generation workforce to make these products in the world’s most advanced facilities.”

Read more in the NIST announcement.

Related: Implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act: New Paper Series Addresses Execution of Key Legislation; Commerce Department Announces Five R&D Leaders for CHIPS for America


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