October 5, 2022

Japan and the United States will develop technologies for the mass production of a double-digit chip

Until the end of the year, a study center will open in Japan, as part of a partnership project with the United States. Development of technology for mass production of chips using two-nm process technology will be carried out. Going forward, the joint project will help companies build stable supply chains and protect against tensions around Taiwan’s leader.

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The project is being led by a new research institute, which will open this year, and will be used as a materialized solution, with help from the US National Center for Semiconductor Technology. Initially, researchers from both countries will focus on advanced chips, based on an automated technique that allows users to produce a one-and-a-half-second machine, which will improve performance and reduce power consumption. The center will also set up a prototype production line, and the ultimate goal of the project is to begin mass production of the chips by 2025 in Japan.

In May, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced their intention to launch a partnership project. The parties have negotiated all the details. From the Japanese perspective, the consortium will start with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIIST), the Physical and Chemical Research Institute (Riken) and the University of Tokyo.

Taiwan now has 90% of the world’s production capacity for sub-10nm semiconductors, and major companies on the island plan to reach 2nm by 2025. Bearing in mind that Beijing plans to adding the island to mainland China by force, America is no longer happy with these most advanced chips come from Taiwan. As part of the research project, the technologies developed will be transferred to countries with American values, including South Korea. This initiative not only involves technology, but also financial support; one of Tokyo’s largest companies can receive investments of more than one trillion yen ($7.3 billion).

Taiwan’s TSMC is now the world’s largest producer of advanced chips, followed by South Korea’s Samsung and America’s Intel. Both Ivanic and Qualcomm are a center for the development of advanced microcircuits. Japanese companies Tokyo Electron, Screen Holdings, Shin-Etsu Chemical, JSR specialize in materials and equipment for the production of microcircuits. Japan’s share of the global semiconductor market was about half in the 1990s, but has now fallen to 15%.

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