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Weather Permitting. Wednesday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.: There will be nighttime ramp closures in Shelby County on I 40 eastbound EXIT 1A “On” ramp from Third Street and I 40 eastbound Exit 1B to Danny Thomas Boulevard to install new overhead signs. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting. From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic . Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or for West Tennessee follow https://twitter.com/NicLawrenceTDOT . As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty.



SkyWater CEO Thomas Sonderman, left, stands with Jeb Nadaner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, outside his company’s plant in Bloomington. (Submitted photo) Equipment is getting installed and is undergoing testing in the meantime. The United States this year accounts for only 12% of worldwide semiconductor production, down from 37% in 1990, according to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association. With Asia dominating production, a bill pending in Congress calls for billions of dollars in incentives to “re-shore” semiconductor manufacturing. “It’s definitely unusual to be expanding a semiconductor facility in the U.S.,” Sonderman said. “It’s a sign that instinctively it all was in flight before some of this awareness around U.S.-based manufacturing became apparent. But now it’s certainly putting us in a very nice position as we begin to repatriate the way semiconductor manufacturing is done.” SkyWater’s new clean room will specialize in part in making radiation-hardened or “rad-hard” semiconductors, Sonderman said. These chips, he said, work in “harsh environments, places where detonations can occur, places where you have a need for sensitivity to high degrees of radiation.” Applications include certain Space Force communications needs, superconducting technologies used for quantum computing, in which Sonderman said SkyWater is a leader, and medical devices. “Us being in the center of the medical device arena here in Minnesota leads to some interesting applications there,” Sonderman said. “It’s a capability that not only is unique but also well-timed click here. because there is a lot of effort to commercialize space.” Jeb Nadaner, DoD deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy, told listeners at SkyWater’s event that the tech sector’s reliance on foreign chip suppliers and customers that have close ties to China creates new security challenges for the United States. Public-private partnerships are part of defense department strategy to counter that threat.

2020-12-02 / Posted in