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Canon and Tokyo Electron to join Japan advanced chipmaking project

Government to back effort with $390m, aiming for breakthrough by mid-2020s

A Tokyo Electron facility: Japan's leading supplier of chipmaking equipment will join an effort to develop advanced production technology.

TOKYO -- Three of Japan's leading suppliers to the semiconductor industry will join hands in a government-supported effort to develop advanced chipmaking production technology, Nikkei has learned.

The initiative brings together Canon, which builds semiconductor lithography machinery; top Japanese chipmaking equipment supplier Tokyo Electron; and Screen Semiconductor Solutions, which makes wafer-coating and -cleaning machines.

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