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).
This 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.
The CalCompetes grant will enable Infinera, a domestic optical compound semiconductor manufacturer with in-house fab operations and advanced test and packaging capabilities in multiple states, 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.
The CalCompetes Grant Program is one of California’s main incentive programs to leverage tens of billions of dollars of federal funds available under the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act.
“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, Chief Executive Officer, Infinera. “Since our founding, we chose to keep our optical compound semiconductor fab and advanced packaging operations in the United States. We remain committed to leveraging our unique expertise, talent, and capabilities to support the goals of U.S. federal and state initiatives focused on economic development and national security.”