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June 23, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Germany pushes for more semiconductor independence from US, China
The German research minister has said the country must move away from relying on China and the US for its chip development and production, according to a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung report.

Research Minister Anja Karliczek said the strategic importance of electronics is growing in security-critical areas. The minister mentioned mobile communications, autonomous driving, medicine, but also Industry 4.0, according to the report. The minister reportedly said there should be a double strategy to break Germany's addiction to Chinese and American technology. One arm of that strategy is to set stringent standards for the use of electronic components in Europe. The other is to promote the development of domestic electronics components – for example for 6G cellular communications.

The report quoted Gunther Kegel, president of the Association of Electrical, Electronics and Information Technology (VDE), as saying (translated from German): "We need the entire value chain, from the design of processors to the production of semiconductors." Kegel highlighted the European Union's Gaia-X project which is intended to be a European cloud and infrastructure in which sensitive data from European companies can be stored. "For special processors in particular it is important that we have a complete process in Europe," the reported Kegel saying.

As to where the project name comes from: Konrad Zuse (1910 to 1995) was a German pioneer of computing and is credited by some with being the inventor of the first digital programmable computer.

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