US chipmakers seek Washington’s permission to work amid coronavirus pandemic


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US chipmakers seek Washington’s permission to work amid coronavirus pandemic

On Wednesday, the 25th of March 2020, an industry body representing a number of major US chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. said that it had been in advanced stage talks with federal officials alongside state Governors overseeing the coronavirus-triggered lockdown process to resume operation amid the pandemic citing that the semiconductor industry were essential to many businesses including healthcare and it should continue operations even in these times of global-scale mayhem.

On top of that, the Semiconductor Industry Association, a San Jose, CA-based trade association and lobbying group founded back in the 1977s that oversees the welfare of semiconductor industry, had also said in a blog post on Wednesday (March 25th) that the trade body had been working closely with the US Department of Homeland Security in order to impose a sweeping overhaul of the guidance sent to the state and local officials last week to contain the virus outbreak.

Meanwhile, adding that the US chipmaking industry had become highly critical in these unusual circumstances as tens of thousands of Americans were forced to work from home due to the lockdowns and the chips could play a pivotal role in power grids, infrastructures alongside medical equipment, the Group’s President, John Neuffer said in Wednesday’s (March 25th) blog post, “Ensuring the continuity of semiconductor and related supply chains is necessary to support the even greater range of services that will be digitized in the coming weeks and months.

Since the semiconductor supply chain is highly globalized, semiconductor shortages created by operating restrictions in one region cannot be readily made up by production in other regions. ”