Samsung is going to build a new chip development facility in Japan
The South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly going to develop a new chip facility in Japan. To resist competition from the Chinese and Taiwanese markets, this highly significant project will unite semiconductor companies from Japan and South Korea. According to reports, the new chip development facility will cost around JPY 300 billion (around $222 million). The new plant will be established southwest of Tokyo. It is in close vicinity to Samsung’s R&D Institute Japan. However, the development unit will function individually.
However, the development unit will function separately. As of now, the details are unknown. It might be that Samsung will construct a production line for a prototype semiconductor chip device and concentrate on the rear end of chip production. It will begin operating sometime in 2025 and will have several hundred employees.
Samsung will work in close association with chip material and equipment companies in Japan
Normally, the process of chip-making is concentrated on the front end of production. It is carried out via extreme reduction of the size of transistors and electrical circuits. In contrast, several professionals believe that this approach is limiting. Instead, they prefer the back end of the chip production that involves stacking multiple layers of wafers.
When it comes to the top manufacturer of materials and equipment required to manufacture semiconductor chips Japan holds the top spot. For this reason, Samsung is using this approach to attain innovation in the chip production process. Furthermore, the South Korean company might receive tax breaks and financial incentives worth JPY 10 billion (around $73.6 million) offered by the Japanese government. These incentives are offered to companies that are ready to invest in the semiconductor sector.
Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, and Yoon Suk Yeol, the president of South Korea, are promoting cooperation between semiconductor companies in their respective nations. While Kishida visited South Korea last week, Yoon visited Japan in March 2023. They will get together once more the following week on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan.
Besides Samsung, TSMC has also invested in Japan. Previously, Japan was one of the international leaders in the memory chip segment. It is trying to regain its position with the help of foreign investment. In addition to TSMC, Micron (American memory chipmaker) has also invested in Japan and taken tax incentives.
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