Europe's first fully digitized semiconductor factory starts in Dresden
Robert Bosch GmbH opens Europe’s first fully digitalized and highly networked semiconductor factory in Dresden.15 Jun 2021
The new building covers approximately 100,000 square meters, includes a fully 5G-capable network and manufactures chips on silicon wafers with a diameter of 300 mm. Although operations are starting up gradually, silicon wafers have been in production since March. The full start is to take place by the end of 2021; thereafter the factory will produce the latest generation of chips for a wide variety of applications.
Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) funded the factory – which belongs to the IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) microelectronics – with around 140 million euros. Robert Bosch invested about a billion.
Peter Altmaier, German Minister of Economics, announced a new era in microelectronics. Only in this way will Germany take on a leading role in the development of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.
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