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Japan recruits IBM to regain lost decade in semiconductor tech

U.S. tech giant will help Rapidus mass-produce 2-nm chips

Japanese companies failed to invest in cutting-edge semiconductor technology in the past decade.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's ambition to fabricate cutting-edge 2-nanometer chips moves closer to reality as Rapidus learns how to develop such chips from IBM through a partnership announced Tuesday, but the country lacks technologies and expertise in other processes needed to make those chips.

The U.S. company and Rapidus, a new chipmaker backed by Japan's government, seek to develop technology allowing for mass production of the advanced chips later in the decade.

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