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TSMC tie-up puts spotlight on Japan's hidden chip champions

Taiwanese star enlists Ibiden, JSR and others for energy-saving 3D integration

A Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. fab: The company has established a research hub in Japan. (Photo courtesy of TSMC)

TOKYO -- Japan's semiconductor industry has attracted newfound attention as the race to build ever more powerful chips pushes development in a new direction: up.

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