Calumet Electronics is working to be one of the first IC substrate suppliers in the United States, helping to fill a critical gap in the domestic electronics supply chain.
“Calumet will be one of the first, if not the first, to bring scalable IC substrate capacity to the United States,” COO Todd Brassard said in an exclusive interview with EE Times. “We have been developing this capability for about three years. We are nearly completed with our first substrate demo-builds in cooperation with a few defense and commercial OEMs. We are not even in production yet, and potential demand for our substrates is already over 1.5 million units a year.”
The integrated circuit substrate industry, worth $10 billion annually, is indeed all located in Asia. As the U.S. government aims to rebuild an electronics ecosystem with the support of the recently passed CHIPS Act, industry experts say IC substrates are likely to remain one of the weakest links in the domestic supply chain