Infinera wins California Competes Grant

Nov. 21, 2023
The $14 million award will increase domestic next-gen semiconductor production.

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). 

The company said this award is a first step to expand and modernize Infinera’s U.S.-based domestic production of next-generation semiconductors and continue to support innovation and economic development in the United States in future years.

By winning the CalCompetes grant, Infinera will be able to build upon its 20+ year history in the United States and continue to drive innovation in indium phosphide-based compound semiconductor and monolithic photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technologies.

Fostering the domestic production of these critical and emerging technologies helps increase America’s economic and national security in semiconductor innovation, manufacturing, and supply chain resilience.

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

“We are grateful and honored 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 of Infinera. “Since our founding, we chose to keep our optical compound semiconductor fab and advanced packaging operations in the United States.”

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