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Report: Japan's government is asking Sony and TSMC to build a 20 nm chip plant

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What you need to know

  • The Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo has published a report regarding a proposed chip plant.
  • The proposed plant would be a product of TSMC and Sony.
  • The joint venture is reportedly being requested by the Japanese government.

As shared by Reuters, the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper has reported that the Japanese government wants Sony and TSMC to team up to invest one trillion yen into developing a 20-nanometer chip plant. According to the report, it'd be the country's first 20 nm plant and would be built close to another Sony plant in southwest Japan.

Other details are scarce, but even so, Nikkan Kogyo's piece has elicited responses from two of the parties named in it. Though Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida didn't comment on the report directly, he did say that "stable chip supplies are important for Japan to maintain its international competitiveness." Reuters also notes that "a ministry spokesman said the report was not true but declined to elaborate." TSMC did not comment.

It wouldn't be too surprising that Japan wants to up its chipmaking game, as nations worldwide are currently in a rush to out-manufacture each other in the aforementioned sector. South Korea, China, the United States, and more are aggressively pushing to avoid being dependent with regards to their chipmaking needs. Taiwan being something of a global nucleus of chip activity has western nations scrambling while China is trying to ween itself off of American companies, leading to a spike in domestic-facing efforts across the globe.

Though not confirmed by the parties named in it, this report on Japan's activities does seem logical, given the direction Japan's neighbors are headed in.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • The future of chips seems bright with all of these foundries coming in the next 5 years. Chips shortage no more.
  • Don't be so sure; the demand is growing by leaps and bounds and the "Internet of things" hasn't really caught on yet. Besides the big crunch is in the newer-tech chips, not trailing edge tech, which is what Japan, inc is concerned about, apparently. (20nm) Their concern is about industrial products and cars and the like. Factories idling, not video cards and computing devices, Sony notwithstanding.
    They're looking to protect their economy.