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The CHIPS and Science Act and its Effect on the Cleanroom Industry

April 25, 2024
The CHIPS and Science Act and its Effect on the Cleanroom Industry

What is the CHIIPS and Science Act?

Anyone who works in any capacity with the semiconductor industry has heard “The CHIPS and Science Act” be largely discussed since it was signed into law on August 9, 2022. But, what is really and how is it going to affect the thousands of businesses that work with the semiconductor industry?

The main purpose behind the CHIPS and Science act is to “boost American semiconductor research, development, and production, ensuring U.S. leadership in the technology that forms the foundation of everything from automobiles to household appliances to defense systems. America invented the semiconductor, but today produces about 10 percent of the world’s supply—and none of the most advanced chips. Instead, we rely on East Asia for 75 percent of global production. The CHIPS and Science Act will unlock hundreds of billions more in private sector semiconductor investment across the country, including production essential to national defense and critical sectors.” (White House .gov) In total, the act authorizes roughly $280 billion in new funding over the next 10 years towards this purpose. In simpler terms, we are expanding our capacity as a country for semiconductor production, research and development, and general STEM workforce.

"The CHIPS and Science Act: Here's what's in it." By McKinsey & Company

A breakdown of the spending.

The Role of Cleanrooms in Semiconductor Production

Now, how exactly does a cleanroom come into play in the semiconductor industry? In short, a semiconductor has to be manufactured in a controlled environment (cleanroom) in order to avoid contaminants. Every step in the production of microelectronic components needs an environment free from impurities that could easily compromise the product. Each procedure requires the purity that only a cleanroom could provide. To read more on the role of semiconductor cleanrooms, click here.

How it will Effect the Cleanroom Industry

Technological Innovation and Adaptation

The Chips and Science Act starts an era of even more technological innovation, with provisions aimed at advancing semiconductor manufacturing capabilities and scientific instrumentation. As chip fabrication processes evolve towards increasingly intricate processes, the demand for state-of-the-art cleanroom equipment and technologies is poised to escalate.

Cleanroom suppliers and manufacturers will be tasked with meeting the evolving needs of the industry, developing cutting-edge solutions to ensure optimal performance and compliance with stringent cleanliness standards. From advanced filtration systems to precision-controlled environmental monitoring devices, the landscape of cleanroom technology stands on the brink of transformation.

Regulatory Compliance and Standards

In tandem with technological advancements, legislative measures outlined in the Chips and Science Act are likely to introduce new regulatory frameworks governing cleanroom operations. Stricter standards pertaining to cleanliness, safety, and environmental sustainability are expected to emerge, necessitating adaptation within the industry.

Cleanroom facilities will be compelled to invest in upgrades and enhancements to meet regulatory compliance, driving demand for specialized consulting services, training programs, and certification initiatives. Additionally, the implementation of robust monitoring and reporting mechanisms will become imperative, ensuring adherence to evolving regulatory mandates.

Global Dynamics and Competitive Landscape

As the Chips and Science Act seeks to fortify domestic capabilities in chip manufacturing and scientific research, the global landscape of the cleanroom industry stands poised for reconfiguration. International supply chains may undergo realignment, with an emphasis on localization and regional self-sufficiency.

Cleanroom companies operating on a global scale must navigate shifting geopolitical dynamics and regulatory frameworks, ensuring agility and adaptability in an ever-evolving landscape. Collaboration and strategic partnerships may emerge as key drivers of growth, facilitating knowledge exchange and technology transfer across borders.


The Chips and Science Act represents a watershed moment for both the semiconductor industry and the broader scientific community. The cleanroom industry stands as one that will be most effected by this act being signed into place. Embracing innovation, adaptation, and regulatory compliance, us cleanroom stakeholders have a chance to grow our capabilities and role in helping the world advance technologically.