Title: Rapidus Initiates Construction of 2nm Wafer Fab in Hokkaido
Excerpt: Japanese foundry startup Rapidus has started construction on its 2nm wafer fabrication plant, marking a significant development in semiconductor manufacturing. With a hiring spree underway, the company targets to have the fab operational by 2025, aiming to mass-produce 2nm chips by 2027. Facing industry giants like TSMC, Samsung, and Intel, Rapidus is supported by a $2.5 billion government subsidy and a partnership with IBM for chip technology. This ambitious project could face challenges, including skilled worker shortages, as seen in TSMC’s Arizona delays, and potential intellectual property disputes highlighted by a recent lawsuit involving IBM.
Author: Tobias Mann
Publication Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023
Source: The Register®
On January 16, 2024, Rapidus will be on stage and giving a presentation at “RISC-V Day Tokyo 2023 Winter” to be held at the University of Tokyo. How to register for the event is as follows.