Rapidus and Tenstorrent join hand in developing 2nm Edge AI chips

Date: 23/11/2023
Tenstorrent, a company specializing in next-generation computing for AI, has entered into a partnership with Rapidus Corporation to collaborate on the development of semiconductor IP for AI edge devices using 2nm logic semiconductors.


Tenstorrent, apart from its AI processors and servers, has also developed and possesses one of the most powerful RISC-V CPU IP in the world. This technology is licensed to customers globally, enabling them to leverage its capabilities. By collaborating with Rapidus, Tenstorrent aims to expedite the creation of advanced devices that cater to the demands of our constantly evolving digital society.

“I am very pleased to be working with Tenstorrent.” Said Atsuyoshi Koike, President and CEO of Rapidus Inc. “We are both unique startup companies, and I am confident that this collaboration will lead to major innovations based on AI.”

“Japan is very important both to Tenstorrent and to me personally,” said David Bennett, Chief Customer Officer of Tenstorrent. “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 initiated the construction of IIM (Innovative Integration for Manufacturing) in Chitose City, Hokkaido, in September of this year. This groundbreaking facility will mark Japan's first-ever production site for state-of-the-art logic semiconductors, operating at 2 nanometers (nm) and beyond. Concurrently, Rapidus has been deploying its researchers to collaborate with IBM at the Albany Nanotech Complex in New York, USA, a globally renowned semiconductor research hub, to develop cutting-edge technologies for manufacturing 2nm logic semiconductors. Additionally, the company has plans to acquire EUV lithography technology, a crucial component for producing advanced semiconductors, from imec. By harnessing these innovative technologies, Rapidus aims to commence operations of a pilot production line at IIM-1 in April 2025, followed by full-scale mass production in 2027.

Rapidus aims to bolster Japan's industrial prowess by establishing a cutting-edge LSI foundry and forging partnerships with both local and foreign materials and equipment industries. Collaborations with esteemed entities such as IBM and imec will also be pursued to achieve this goal. Furthermore, Rapidus is committed to fostering cooperation in the realm of intellectual property (IP).

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