This article reports the initial results of SEMATECH, a joint experiment in semiconductor manufacturing technology between the U. S. semiconductor industry and the federal government. Although it is too soon to make a full evaluation, SEMATECH has already had a positive impact on industry performance. It has strengthened the links between the manufacturers and the equipment industry, which in turn has helped bring U. S. semiconductor manufacturing capability up to world competitive standards. The lessons from this experience may prove useful in forming a model for research consortia in other manufacturing industries and for addressing some of the issues of U. S. competitiveness.
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