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Semiconductors

Team Japan's first 5 nm chip geared for autos in bid to catch rivals

Fabless developer Socionext seen tapping TSMC to produce next-gen semiconductor

The system-on-a-chip design, which Tesla aims to develop in-house, is necessary for electric vehicles and autonomous driving. (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

TOKYO -- Fabless manufacturer Socionext looks to design cutting-edge 5-nanometer chips for automobiles, becoming the first Japanese company with plans to develop the technology while foreign rivals race ahead in the field.

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