Rapidus has partnered with IBM Research to propel Japan's push for leadership in semiconductor research and manufacturing.
In 2021, IBM Research had a very small announcement. But it also had the potential to revolutionize the world of computing.
It was the world’s first 2 nanometer node chip, produced by a team at IBM’s lab in Albany, NY. These devices, still in their early stage, are projected to achieve 45% better performance or 75% more energy efficiency than 7 nm chips on the market today.
And now, Rapidus, a new semiconductor foundry created by several leading Japanese firms, has turned to IBM to build on the breakthrough. Together, they will turn IBM’s 2 nm design into production-ready chips. Rapidus plans to produce 2 nm chips at scale by the second half of the decade. These chips will power the world of tomorrow, with the potential to reinvent the way we live and work — in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.
As part of the agreement between the two companies, scientists and engineers from Rapidus will join IBM researchers at the Albany NanoTech Complex in New York. The facility owned and operated by NY CREATES, which already hosts partners from the likes of Applied Materials, Samsung Electronics, and Tokyo Electron, has been at the forefront of breakthroughs in semiconductor research for decades.
Rapidus, formed this year, is composed of some of the largest names in Japan, including NEC, NTT, SoftBank, Kioxia, Sony, and Toyota. To learn more about the groundbreaking new partnership, click here.