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Intel boss pens letter to President-elect Biden

by on24 November 2020

Time to help the US semiconductor industry

Intel CEO Bob Swan has penned a letter to President elect Joe Biden acknowleging and congratulating him on being the next President.

Swan said that  2020 has been a particularly disruptive year for the American people. And "we know you are focused on uniting our nation to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19, racial strife, a growing skills gap and increasing global competition".

He supported Biden's planned investment in American-made goods is critical to US innovation and technology leadership.

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, the U.S. accounts for just 12 percent of global semiconductor production capacity, with more than 80 percent taking place in Asia. Rising costs and foreign government subsidies to national champions are a significant disadvantage for U.S. semiconductor companies that make substantial capital investments domestically. A national manufacturing strategy, including investment by the US government in the domestic semiconductor industry, is critical to ensure American companies compete on a level playing field and lead the next generation of innovative technology, he wrote

Swan said artificial intelligence, high performance computing and edge-to-cloud computing are critical components in government collection and analysis of data, diagnostics, treatment and vaccine development.

"Intel technology has helped accelerate access to quality data to deliver remote care and protect medical professionals from exposure to infection. As you know, this pandemic has widely affected education, work and other aspects of our daily lives. It is crucial to expand investments in broadband connectivity, particularly to lessen the impact of COVID on the underserved and in communities of colour", he wrote

He called on Biden to invest in digital infrastructure which will help address pressing economic and climate change needs. This will include technology designed to make cities and energy systems smarter and more efficient. Widespread deployment of advanced 5G telecommunications networks will fuel efficiencies for businesses in all industries and enable more US innovation.

"Upgrades to our infrastructure must not only handle the technology of today but spur domestic development of the technologies of tomorrow. Intel has enjoyed working closely with presidential administrations over the past 52 years on policies that help the United States lead the world in technological innovation. I look forward to working together in a shared mission to tackle the many challenges facing our nation today as we prepare for an equitable and prosperous future", Swan said.

Last modified on 24 November 2020
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