Currently Japan is focusing on producing advanced 2nm-based chips. Partnerships with the US may also include the establishment of new companies.
Japan plans to set up a domestic manufacturing base that will produce chips based on the state-of-the-art 2nm process. The country will also work with the US to help realize this plan by 2025.
According to a NikkeiAsia report, Japan is gearing up to join the competition to commercialize the next generation of advanced chipsets. Thus, Tokyo and Washington will provide each other’s support through a semiconductor partnership.
In addition, this collaboration will also involve private companies from both countries, which will assist in design research and mass production. One of them is TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) which is already on its way to developing mass production technology for the 2nm process.
Reporting from Gizmochina (16/6), Japan is trying to secure a stable supply of semiconductors through domestic production of next-generation chips. At the same time, a partnership with the US might also include the establishment of a new company or a Japanese company, perhaps even setting up a new manufacturing center.
Until now, the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry offered subsidies to lower the research and development costs of advanced semiconductors.
The joint research will begin this year, with research and mass production centers planned to be set up between 2025 and 2027. Notably, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, TSMC, is also setting up a chip factory in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture. However, this factory will not produce advanced chips and focus on chip technology ranging from 10nm to 20nm processes.