|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
| Monday, August 13, 2007
Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), in cooperation with the Defense Department (DOD), is initiating an industrial base assessment of the U.S. supply base for the design and production of integrated circuit (IC) products. This project will support the defense community’s management of electronic components and systems procurement and enhance understanding of the capabilities of domestic suppliers.
“This assessment will provide insight into the breadth and depth of U.S. integrated circuit design and manufacturing capacity for legacy parts as well as cutting edge chips,” said Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Christopher Padilla. “A great deal of top quality capability for producing computer chips remains in the United States, and it is important we understand the scope and source of these resources.”
A February 2005 report published by the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Performance Microchip Supply raised concerns about the migration of critical microelectronics manufacturing abroad, due to the technology’s strategic significance and the need to maintain a technological advantage. The BIS assessment will support a DOD effort to establish a Trusted Integrated Circuit Policy, scheduled for release later this year.
In performing its assessment, BIS will:
BIS is scheduled to release the final report by the end of 2007.