As revealed by local media Nikkei Asia, Japan and the United States have joined forces to accelerate the development of semiconductor production to a manufacturing process of 2nm in Japan by 2025. Although the exact data on the collaboration is unknown, the two nations have reportedly signed a bilateral chip technology association.
Specifically, it is stated that the heavy lifting will be done by private companies from both nations, but in terms of research and actual chip production. This decision is partly due to the fact that Japan wants to be able to manufacture state-of-the-art integrated circuits for next-generation chips domestically. Regarding the use of 2nm chips, it is indicated that it will be used both to create high performance military equipment such as consumer devices, quantum computers or data centers.
“Japanese and American companies could jointly establish a new company, or Japanese companies could establish a new manufacturing center. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will partially subsidize the cost of research and development , as well as capital expenditure.
joint investigation will start this summer at the earliestand a mass production and research center will be formed between fiscal years 2025 and 2027.
The 2nm chips will be used in products such as quantum computers, data centers and next-generation smartphones. These chips also reduce power consumption, thereby reducing the carbon footprint. Size can also determine the performance of military equipment, including combat aircraft and missiles. In this sense, 2nm chips are directly related to national security.
In early May, Japan and the United States signed the Basic Principles of Semiconductor Cooperation. The two sides will discuss details of the cooperation framework at an upcoming “two plus two” meeting of the cabinet’s economic officials.
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