The US has supported the development of a fabrication ecosystem in India in the field of semiconductors, and encouraged joint ventures and partnerships for mature technology nodes and advanced packaging. Both nations have agreed to constitute a task force involving India’s Semiconductor Mission, India Electronics Semiconductor Association and the US Semiconductor Industry Association. The aim is to develop a readiness assessment to identify near term opportunities and facilitate longer term development of semiconductor ecosystems. NSA Ajit Doval co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan at the White House in Washington yesterday. iCET aims to position the two countries as trusted technology partners by building technology value chains and support the co-development and co-production of items.
Recognizing the importance of quantum technologies, both sides established a quantum coordination mechanism with participation from industry and academia. In the field of defense manufacturing, the two sides agreed to focus on joint production of key items of mutual interest. The US committed to expeditious review of the license application submitted by M/s General Electric to produce jet engines in India for the indigenously manufactured Light Combat Aircraft. A new Innovation Bridge will be created to connect defence startups on both sides. Both sides agreed to launch a public-private dialogue covering 5G and 6G and Open Radio Access Network, ORAN using trusted sources. (AIR NEWS)