NXP Semiconductors has announced a US$22 million programme that expands its operations in the US, enabling the company's US facilities to manufacture security chips for government applications that can support critical US national and homeland security programmes. According to the company, upon completion of the expansion project, NXP facilities in Austin and Chandler will be certified to manufacture finished products that exceed the highest domestic and international security and quality standards."This initiative advances NXP's long-term commitment to developing secure ID solutions for federal, state and local government programmes in the USand demonstrates our deep dedication to serving the American market," says Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president of Security and Connectivity at NXP. "The expansion programme further positions NXP to deliver solutions for the IoT, connected devices and many other fast-growing applications in the US as we continue to be a major contributor to the country's global leadership in the semiconductor industry."NXP's technology is included in core components that power secure government-issued ID documents in more than 120 countries, and is used by 95 countries worldwide to secure ePassport programmes.Steve Adler, the Mayor of Austin, says: "We are excited to see NXP investing in Austin and in the cyber security of our country. We trust this initiative will also secure thousands of jobs and further foster the growth of Austin as a major technology hub."NXP R&D manufacturing facilities in San Jose, Austin and Chandler have also undergone a thorough security site certification process to produce Common Criteria EAL6+ SmartMX microcontroller family products.