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Infinera gets $14 million US grant


CalCompetes award is first step towards expanding and modernising Infinera’s US production of InP-based compound semiconductors and monolithic PICs

Optical networking company Infinera has been awarded a California Competes (CalCompetes) grant valued at up to $14 million over five years by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

This is a first step to expand and modernise Infinera’s US-based domestic production of next-generation InP-based compound semiconductors and monolithic photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technologies.

The CalCompetes grant will enable Infinera, a domestic optical compound semiconductor manufacturer with in-house fab operations and advanced test and packaging capabilities in multiple states, to build on its 20+ year history in the United States and continue to drive innovation.

The CalCompetes Grant Program is one of California’s main incentive programs to leverage tens of billions of dollars of federal funds available under the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act. The CHIPS Act is designed to encourage growth and expansion of semiconductor manufacturing and research and development in the United States.

“We are grateful and honoured to receive this grant award, which represents an important step in helping to boost America’s domestic production of semiconductor technologies,” said David Heard, CEO, Infinera. “Since our founding, we chose to keep our optical compound semiconductor fab and advanced packaging operations in the United States. We remain committed to leveraging our unique expertise, talent, and capabilities to support the goals of US federal and state initiatives focused on economic development and national security.”

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