Rapidus, a Japan-based company, is working to develop 2nm process technology and launch it commercially in 2027 with the support of the Japanese government. The company has received a substantial grant of ¥590 billion (3.89 billion dollars) from the government to support its ongoing projects. This funding will be used towards the development of the 2nm manufacturing node and cleanroom equipment, as well as multi-chip packaging technology.

With total government support now at ¥920 billion ($6.068 billion), Rapidus is getting a big boost towards achieving its goals in the semiconductor industry. Despite the project’s high cost estimate of around ¥5 trillion ($32.983 billion), the company hopes that with the support of prominent Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, it will secure sufficient financing for its move forward plans.

Rapidus CEO Atsuioshi Koike outlined the company’s timeline, with plans to begin testing production by April 2025 and hopes to begin large-scale production by 2027. Commercial production of 2nm chips is expected to begin in 2025.

In addition to working on a 2nm manufacturing process in partnership with IBM and building its manufacturing facility, Rapidus is also focusing on advanced packaging technology for multi-chip systems on packages (SiP). Recent government subsidies include more than ¥50 billion ($329.85 million) specifically set aside for research and development in this field, marking a first time Japan has offered subsidies for such technologies.

Another interesting development is Rapidus’ use of part of Seiko Epson Corporation’s Chitose plant, located in Chitose City, Hokkaido, for its back-end packaging processes. This facility is close proximity to the company’s factory currently under construction at Bibi World, an industrial park in Chitose intended for use in the pilot phase of research and development activities.

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