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Obama announces North Carolina semiconductor innovation hub

President Barack Obama has announced the first of three new manufacturing
institutes to be unveiled in the next few weeks.

announced the institute, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute, at North Carolina State University.

The hub
will join 18 companies and six universities for semi-conductor technology
research, and is funded by a $US 70 million grant from the US Department of Energy
and matched investment from its private partners.

The manufacturing
institute was the first of 15 manufacturing institutes that were pledged in Obama’s
2013 State of The Union address, with 45 pledged by the end of the decade,
Yahoo Finance reports.

Many of these planned hubs have been blocked by an uncooperative congress, NPR explains.

the length of time for the North Carolina semiconductor hub to be announced, Obama’s
press secretary Jay Carney told the New York Times and others that planning requirements
were the explanation.

“If we had announced everything in a week,” the Times reports
Carney as saying.

“You would have said it wasn’t serious, it wasn’t real, and
the assessments made about where to launch these initiatives weren’t rigorous
and substantive.”


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