Japan and the U.S. Cooperate in Semiconductor 2nm Process Development
🟦 Japan and the U.S. Cooperate in Semiconductor 2nm Process Development
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda expressed his intention to work together in research and development of cutting-edge semiconductors in Japan and the United States. In research and development, we will cooperate in the development of 2nm process technology, which is two generations ahead of the current state-of-the-art. In the coming weeks, it may be announced about partnerships for the development of 2nm process technology by private companies.
The thinner the wiring width of semiconductors, the better the performance. The wiring width is expressed in nm (nanometers) and the generation is defined as a process node.
- Semiconductor Process Node
- 5nm Current State-of-the-Art
- 3nm next-generation mass production scheduled from 2022
- 2nm Next Generation 2025?
🟦 Considering China’s Geopolitical Risks
Both Japan and the United States rely on Taiwan and other countries for the production of advanced products. Therefore, we would like to diversify our suppliers in light of China’s geopolitical risks, such as the Taiwan emergency. To that end, the statement stated that it would “strengthen the resilience of supply chains in Japan and the U.S. and like-minded countries and regions.” It seems that the purpose of creating a network of encirclement of China not only in Japan and the United States, but also in like-minded countries (South Korea) and regions (Taiwan) can be seen through.
In light of China’s geopolitical risks, Japan and the U.S. cooperate on 2nm process development
It is very important to know what you want to do with 2nm process semiconductors. The reason why it is difficult to clearly understand “what you want to do” at the moment may be because it is a confidential technology related to security against China.