Paul van Gerven
7 September

Building leading-edge fabs will do more than reduce Europe’s dependence on Asian imports, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger writes in a sponsored Politico article. Manufacturing its own advanced chips will supercharge the continent’s efforts in quantum computing, AI, cloud, communications and autonomous driving technology, Gelsinger argues.

Additionally, it will strengthen Europe’s existing semiconductor ecosystem, accelerate IC design activities and spur innovation through the education and research programs that will be set up to train the much-needed engineers and scientists. “Wherever semiconductor technology clusters have grown, so has the pool of innovators, entrepreneurs and visionaries that have then gone on to build new companies powering brighter, greener digital futures,” Gelsinger writes.

Intel Ireland construction
Credit: Intel

The EU is determined to bring back leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing to its shores by 2030, while Intel is looking to regain industry leadership. The chip behemoth is proposing that the union and its member states co-fund the construction of advanced Intel fabs in Europe, which would (partly) serve as foundries. Since Gelsinger felt the need to make his case yet again, publicly no less, the European Commission might not yet be convinced Intel would be the right partner to realize its chip manufacturing ambitions.

Gelsinger previously said Intel would decide on the European fab before the end of the year.