About the Institute

The widespread use of chips is a fact of modern daily life, supporting national defense, health, energy, manufacturing, automobile, communications and computing applications. The nationwide chip shortage and an over-dependence on overseas manufacturing is causing a national security risk that underscores the urgent need to increase domestic production of this critical technology. The security risk is not just a product of the pandemic’s impact on the supply chain but also an issue of technical limitations in existing U.S. manufacturing capabilities. As a leader in semiconductor exports, Texas is poised to help fill domestic manufacturing capability gaps, solve R&D challenges and train the future semiconductor manufacturing workforce in the U.S. – it is essential not only to the state’s economy but to the nation’s security.

In the summer of 2022, Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act to strategically position the U.S. in this sector and ensure leadership in semiconductor manufacturing. As a member of Governor Greg Abbott’s National Semiconductor Centers Texas Task Force, The Texas A&M System is leading proposals aligned with two efforts that will leverage Texas’ strengths to advance semiconductor research, development and manufacturing.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Texas A&M Semiconductor Institute (TSI) in May 2023 to coordinate responses to state and federal CHIPS initiatives and to coordinate system member research, workforce training and collaborations with semiconductor companies.

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