Tampere University has secured a significant funding of €40 million, allocated partly by the European Union and the Finnish government. This funding aims to bolster Europe's self-sufficiency in microchips and semiconductor technologies. The EU has selected four pilot line proposals, including Tampere University's involvement in the Wideband-gap (WBG) pilot line, to drive the development and integration of advanced semiconductor technologies.

The EU has allocated a portion of the €40 million funding to support the development of semiconductor technologies within Europe. This strategic investment is geared towards enhancing Europe's independence in microchip production.

Tampere University is actively engaged in the Wideband-gap (WBG) pilot line, focusing on the advancement of WBG semiconductor technologies. The university's involvement includes the development, testing, and integration of chips created with WBG semiconductor technologies, as highlighted in a press release from Tampere University.

The allocated funding will be utilized to establish a System-in-Package Fabrication (SiPFAB) pilot line for semiconductor chip packaging in Tampere. This initiative is designed to facilitate the testing of WBG chips, as well as the integration and packaging of various chips into complete systems.

The Chips from Tampere program, overseen by Business Tampere, is spearheading the coordination of this semiconductor development effort. Petri Räsänen, the program director, views the received funding as a catalyst for potential industrial investments worth hundreds of millions of euros in Tampere in the forthcoming years.

Harri Airaksinen, CEO of Business Tampere, underscores the significance of the received funding, viewing Tampere's rising status as a hub for chip expertise as a testament to successful collaboration within the industry.

The substantial funding secured by Tampere University, in collaboration with the European Union and the Finnish government, marks a significant stride in advancing semiconductor technologies in Europe. The establishment of the SiPFAB pilot line and the focus on WBG semiconductor technologies position Tampere University at the forefront of fostering microchip innovation and integration, holding great promise for the region's industrial and technological advancement.