NXP® Semiconductors today announced it is strengthening its European research and development plans in Austria through grants provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy (BMAW) via the 2nd Important Project of Common European Interest on Microelectronics and Communication Technologies (IPCEI ME/CT), with the final investment decision pending confirmation of the level of public funding.
Dedicated teams in Gratkorn will focus on highly secure processing and sensing as well as electrification solutions, to accelerate and advance their overall development and deployment. NXP Semiconductors Austria is actively involved in IPCEI ME/CT. Another milestone was set on October 24th with the first general meeting in Berlin, where further project implementation and coordination was specified at the European level.
Why It Matters
With its deep research and development focus in Austria, NXP contributes significantly to Europe’s technology resilience and digital and green transition in collaboration with Austrian and European partners. The new investments made possible through IPCEI ME/CT grants underscore the importance of the semiconductor industry within Austria and the EU member state’s major role in the Austrian and European microelectronics ecosystem.
“We are very pleased with the decision by the EU commission, BMK and BMAW. Investments and development of the next generation of microelectronics are linked to the establishment of long-term infrastructure and expertise in future-proof areas. NXP driving forward key technologies such as Ultra-Wideband, safe and secure battery management systems, post-quantum cryptography and RISC-V underscores our commitment to reinforce innovation and supply chain resiliency in Europe. The investment through IPCEI ME/CT complements our latest announcement to expand our site in Gratkorn. By end of this year, we will have sufficient space to accommodate up to 900 team members in our center of excellence.”
Markus Staeblein, CEO of NXP Semiconductors Austria
“We need innovative concepts and technologies in the fight against the climate crisis. Microelectronics is therefore of central importance - also for the European technology and business location. I am very pleased about the strong Austrian participation in the IPCEI ME/CT. With its extensive research and development in Austria, NXP is making an important contribution to the implementation of Europe's digital and green transformation.”
Leonore Gewessler, Climate Protection Minister
“We have clearly prioritized the semiconductor sector as a crucial key technology in industrial policy. This is clearly reflected in our budget. In addition to the 'Important Projects of Common European Interest', we are taking a significant step towards increasing competitiveness and creating high-quality jobs in Austria with the national implementation of the European Chip Act. NXP Semiconductors Austria is a key player in this field.”
Martin Kocher, Minister of Labor and Economic Affairs
NXP Austria’s efforts on research and development as well as first industrial deployment span across two IPCEI workstreams. Within the workstream “Think”, NXP team members focus on developing highly secure processor architectures, post-quantum cryptography, RISC-V and reliable, safe and secure battery management systems as well as their first industrial applications. As part of the “Sense” workstream, a team of highly experienced experts located in Gratkorn will research and develop intelligent and energy efficient radar sensing and localization solutions building upon NXP’s proven Ultra-Wideband technology.
In addition to Austria, NXP is planning investments in Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania through grants provided by IPCEI ME/CT.
The activities follow the announcement that the company has formed a new joint venture, ESMC (European Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), with TSMC, Bosch, and Infineon with plans to establish TSMC’s first semiconductor manufacturing site in Europe. The new 300mm fab, to be built in Dresden, Germany, is expected to further strengthen Europe’s semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem with advanced FinFET transistor technology and create approximately 2,000 direct high-tech professional jobs.
NXP in Austria
NXP Austria is a center of excellence for cryptography and security, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. NXP Austria innovates hardware and software solutions as well as services for the IoT, automotive, Industry 4.0 and mobile sectors. At NXP Austria, nearly 800 people from approximately 50 countries work on Innovations to research, design, develop, manage, and promote NXP's products.
For more information on NXP in Austria, visit nxp.com/austria.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) brings together bright minds to create breakthrough technologies that make the connected world better, safer and more secure. As a world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is pushing boundaries in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets while delivering solutions that advance a more sustainable future. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 34,500 team members in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $13.21 billion in 2022. Find out more at www.nxp.com.
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