Summary: Rapidus and Tenstorrent have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop semiconductor IP for AI edge devices, leveraging the power of 2 nm logic semiconductors and Tenstorrent's world-leading RISC-V CPU IP.
- Rapidus and Tenstorrent are collaborating to develop semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for AI edge devices.
- Rapidus is constructing the Innovative Integration for Manufacturing (IIM) facility in Chitose City, Hokkaido, which will be Japan's first production site for logic semiconductors at the 2-nanometer scale and beyond.
- Rapidus and Tenstorrent are poised to make significant strides in the AI space, paving the way for innovations that will shape the future of technology.
Rapidus Corporation, a important player in the realm of advanced logic semiconductors, has announced a strategic partnership with Tenstorrent Inc., a computing company specializing in AI-focused computers. This collaboration aims to jointly develop semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for AI edge devices, leveraging the power of 2 nm logic semiconductors.
Tenstorrent, known for its AI processors and servers, also possesses the world’s most high-performing RISC-V CPU IP, which it licenses to customers worldwide. By teaming up with Rapidus, Tenstorrent aims to expedite the development of state-of-the-art devices that cater to the ever-evolving demands of our digital society. Atsuyoshi Koike, President and CEO of Rapidus Inc., expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “I am very pleased to be working with Tenstorrent. We are both unique startup companies, and I am confident that this collaboration will lead to significant innovations in the AI domain.”
David Bennett, Chief Customer Officer of Tenstorrent, emphasized the importance of Japan in their operations: “Japan is very important both to Tenstorrent and to me personally. We have tremendous momentum with our customers in the Asia Pacific region right now, and I am proud that we can start talking about all the things we are doing in Japan. We are excited about the bold and aggressive moves that Japan is making to take advantage of its legacy of excellence in semiconductor technology and its incredible engineering talent base.”
Rapidus has already begun construction on the Innovative Integration for Manufacturing (IIM) facility in Chitose City, Hokkaido, which will be Japan’s first production site for logic semiconductors at the 2-nanometer scale and beyond. Additionally, Rapidus has been sending researchers to the Albany Nanotech Complex in New York, USA—a globally semiconductor research center—to collaborate with IBM on developing technologies for the production of 2 nm logic semiconductors. The company also plans to acquire EUV lithography technology, a crucial component for manufacturing advanced semiconductors, from imec. With these advancements, Rapidus aims to commence pilot production at IIM-1 in April 2025, followed by mass production in 2027.
Rapidus is dedicated to bolstering Japan’s industrial expertise by establishing a LSI Foundry. This will be achieved through collaborative efforts with domestic and international materials and equipment industries, as well as partnerships with industry giants like IBM and imec. The company also aims to actively foster collaboration in the realm of intellectual property (IP).
By joining forces, Rapidus and Tenstorrent are poised to make significant strides in the AI space, paving the way for innovations that will shape the future of technology.
About IBM: IBM, or International Business Machines Corporation, is a globally American multinational technology company with a storied history dating back to its founding in 1911. Over the decades, IBM has consistently been at the forefront of innovation in the field of information technology. The company is known for its pioneering work in computer hardware, software, and services, with breakthroughs like the IBM System/360 and the invention of the relational database.IBM Website: https://www.ibm.com/
CPU: The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of a computer, responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations. It is the most important component of a computer system, as it is responsible for controlling all other components. CPUs are used in a wide range of applications, from desktop computers to mobile devices, gaming consoles, and even supercomputers. CPUs are used to process data, execute instructions, and control the flow of information within a computer system. They are also used to control the input and output of data, as well as to store and retrieve data from memory. CPUs are essential for the functioning of any computer system, and their applications in the computer industry are vast.
EUV: Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV or EUVL) is an advanced semiconductor manufacturing technique that employs extremely short wavelengths of light in the extreme ultraviolet spectrum to create intricate patterns on silicon wafers. Utilizing a wavelength around 13.5 nanometers, significantly shorter than traditional lithography methods, EUVL enables the production of smaller and more densely packed integrated circuits, enhancing the performance and efficiency of modern microprocessors and memory chips.
Foundry: A foundry is a dedicated manufacturing facility focused on producing semiconductor components like integrated circuits (ICs) for external clients. These foundries are pivotal in the semiconductor industry, providing diverse manufacturing processes and technologies to create chips based on designs from fabless semiconductor firms or other customers. This setup empowers companies to concentrate on innovative design without needing substantial investments in manufacturing infrastructure. Some well-known foundries include TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), Samsung Foundry, GlobalFoundries, and UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation).
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