EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton called Apple CEO Tim Cook to comply with the bloc’s Digital Markets Act and open up its software and hardware to rival players.
The German government prepared an amount of â‚¬20 billion to be distributed by 2027 to bolster the semiconductor industry. Half of the funds are already allocated to subsidize Intel.
The government will use the money to cement the country’s technology sector and secure supplies of critical components, to be doled out to German and international companies. Around 75% of the sum has all but been allocated, comprising a â‚¬10 billion investment in a new Intel manufacturing facility and deals in the works to provide â‚¬5 billion in subsidies for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and â‚¬1 billion to Infineon.
In addition, a joint venture between German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen and US chipmaker Wolfspeed is in line to receive â‚¬750 million in state funds. Bloomberg reported other companies already active in Germany could benefit from the remaining pot of around â‚¬3 billion, including GlobalFoundries and supplier Bosch which both have a chip presence in the city of Dresden. The â‚¬20 billion fund for chip support was originally allocated to invest in the decarbonization of the economy, but its scope has expanded to the technology sector.