Tokyo is propping up Rapidus — which has signed an agreement with IBM to make the most advanced chips.
President Biden visits TSMC's Arizona plant as Taiwanese chipmaker says it would more than triple its planned investment there to $40 billion, among the largest foreign investments in American history.
The home country of semiconductor equipment maker ASML wants to protect its own economic interests.
SMIC has developed a 7nm semiconductor, placing the Chinese behemoth in the league of Intel and others.
The new chips will be more powerful and efficient and will be used in high-performance computing applications before being put into gadgets such as mobile phones.
Semiconductor shortages, caused by supply chain changes because of the pandemic, have impacted the availability of chips needed in mobile phones, game consoles, TVs, and the global auto industry.
Delay in the launch of the next generation of processing chips, raises questions about the future of the chip-maker that dominates the PC market.
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