Natcast is a new, purpose-built, non-profit entity created to operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) consortium, established by the CHIPS Act of the U.S. government. The NSTC, as a key component of the CHIPS and Science Act, is a public-private consortium dedicated to semiconductor R&D in the United States. The NSTC will convene the U.S. government, allied and partner nations, and organizations across the semiconductor ecosystem—including academia and businesses of all kinds—to address the most challenging barriers to continued technological progress in the domestic semiconductor industry, including the need for a capable workforce. The NSTC reflects a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the U.S. to drive the pace of innovation, set standards, and re-establish global leadership in semiconductor design and manufacturing.

The mission of the NSTC is to serve as the focal point for research and engineering throughout the semiconductor ecosystem, advancing and enabling disruptive innovation to provide U.S. leadership in the industries of the future.

For more information on the strategy of the NSTC Consortium, please refer to the following publications from the Department of Commerce:

National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) Fact Sheet

National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) Complete Vision & Strategy Paper

Natcast is in the formation phase. Program information is expected to be available starting in 2024.