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Strengthening Swedish semiconductor capability

Semiconductors – the “brains” behind electronic products and systems. Whether mobile phones, automotive, energy, home appliances, or artificial intelligence, these components (“chips”) play a key role. At the same time, Asian countries account for more than half of the world’s semiconductor chip production. Swedish semiconductor capability is now to be strengthened by Lund University together with Chalmers and KTH.

Ellen Albertsdóttir – Published 19 March 2024

A microchip. Photo.
A very small chip has a big impact on the world. Photo: Mostphotos

During the pandemic, there was a global shortage of semiconductors, which meant delivery delays on everything from cars to mobile phones. To bolster Europe’s standing, the EU has introduced the European Chips Act, with one of its key objectives being to ensure that 20 percent of global chip production takes place within the European Union by 2030. As a part of the initiative, Vinnova (the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) plans to finance establishing a national competence centre for semiconductors.

Joining forces to strengthen skills and access

Lund University, Chalmers University of Technology, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology – three universities that account for the majority of Swedish education and research in the field of semiconductors – are now joining forces to strengthen the supply of skills and access to research infrastructure in the country.

The three universities will train employees at small and medium-sized companies and startups,  with knowledge of technology and software support needed to develop semiconductor systems. They also aim to simplify access to pilot lines, which are essential facilities for developing and scaling up new semiconductor technology. The higher education institutions also highlight the need for increased learning through a broad range of undergraduate courses and collaboration with industry considering in-demand skills development for professionals. 

“Our three universities strive to work together to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish industry and society for digitalisation, security, and the green transition. In a troubled world, we create independence and contribute to ensuring Europe access to critical components,” says Erik Renström, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University.

“The expertise and infrastructure in the form of cleanrooms and design environments at our universities give Sweden a strong starting point in a European context. The technical universities can be socially important actors of crucial importance and this investment is a way for us to take that responsibility,” says Martin Nilsson Jacobi, President of Chalmers.

“We are well equipped to join forces to become a strong partner for the next step in the EU's chips initiative. We three universities complement and strengthen each other,” says Anders Söderholm, President of KTH.