The Japanese Rapidus will rely on IBM to produce in 2 nm technology

IBM and Rapidus formalized a joint development partnership to advance logic scaling technology as part of Japan’s efforts to become a world leader in semiconductor research, development and manufacturing. Rapidus plans to start volume production in 2nm technology in the second half of the decade.

Created with the support of large Japanese companies (see our Article), Rapidus has the ambition to develop and produce the most advanced logic semiconductors. Under the agreement, Rapidus and IBM will continue to develop IBM’s 2nm technology for implementation by Rapidus at its facility in Japan. This work will leverage IBM’s decades of expertise in semiconductor research and design. In 2021, IBM announced that it had developed the world’s first chip in 2nm technology, which promises a 45% improvement in performance or 75% in energy efficiency compared to 7nm chips.

IBM has a long history of successful joint development partnerships with Japanese semiconductor manufacturers in advanced logic and memory technologies, as well as Japanese equipment and material suppliers.

I am very pleased to announce today that Rapidus has officially partnered with IBM on the joint development of 2nm technology. This is a long-desired international collaboration, truly essential for Japan to once again play a decisive role in the semiconductor supply chain. said Atsuyoshi Koike, President and CEO of Rapidus.

IBM is honored to partner with Rapidus to develop the next generation of semiconductor technologies and help position Japan as a leader in one of the world’s most strategic technology areas. This collaboration is key to ensuring a geographically balanced global supply chain of advanced semiconductors, built through a vibrant ecosystem of like-minded companies and nations. said Darío Gil, SVP and director of research at IBM. In other words, all united against China…

Under the agreement, Rapidus scientists and engineers will work with IBM Japan and IBM researchers at the Albany NanoTech Complex in New York State – one of the world’s largest semiconductor research facilities. Rapidus is the latest entity to join the Albany NanoTech Complex ecosystem, which includes IBM, Applied Materials, Samsung Electronics, Tokyo Electron, Screen, JSR, State University of New York (SUNY) and others.

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