Chips : the gamble of the Japanese renaissance

With Rapidus, the Japanese government is stepping up its support for domestic semiconductor production against a backdrop of growing geopolitical tensions in Asia, which are casting uncertainty over the security of supplies. Like South Korea, China and Taiwan among others, Japan has entered the global race to produce semi-conductors. Japan’s strategy is to focus on […]


A new semiconductor consortium in Japan The Japanese government has promoted the creation of a public-private consortium to produce the latest generation of semiconductors in Japan. It has promised to inject 70 billion yen (483 million euros), while a dozen private companies including Sony, Toyota, SoftBank Group and NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) are expected […]

TSMC: a second plant in Arizona

TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, is reportedly planning to increase its investment in Arizona by $12 billion in order to produce 3nm semiconductors in addition to the 5nm semiconductors already planned for its plant currently under construction. This was revealed by the American daily The Wall Street Journal. A second […]

Hua Hong to raise funds on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

Hong Kong-listed Hua Hong received approval on 7 November for an IPO on Shanghai’s Star Market, raising a hoped-for total of $2.5 billion. Hua Hong, the country’s second largest semiconductor producer after SMIC, is at the heart of the Chinese government’s self-sufficiency strategy: at the 20th Party Congress last month, President Xi Jinping declared that […]

US seeks to pressure allies’ chip gear makers to join export control

People attending a meeting of US semiconductor equipment manufacturer representatives with US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said that Dutch company ASML and Japanese chip gear makers such as Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), Nikon Corp., and Canon Corp. are likely to be required for complying the US export control to ban China’s access to advanced […]

China denied access to US new-generation semiconductors

Xi Jinping said at the 20th CCP Congress last October that he wanted to “win the battle of key technologies” and strengthen China’s position as a major technological power. These efforts may well be undermined by Washington’s latest moves to restrict the sale of the latest semiconductor and chip-making equipment to China.On the 7 of […]