November 17, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to reports, Japanese semiconductor company Rapidus has reached a cooperation with Canadian start-up chip company Tenstrent to manufacture AI chips for it.

Tenstorrent was founded in 2016 by Jim Keller, a well-known engineer in the semiconductor industry.

Rapidus President Atsuyoshi Koike said that he plans to open a sales office in Silicon Valley in the United States by the end of March 2024, which will help establish contact with customers before mass production and hopes to expand business globally. Rapidus aims to mass-produce 2nm process chips in Japan in 2027 and is currently seeking cooperation in the industry chain.

Rapidus' 2nm chip R&D/production base in Hokkaido, Japan, started construction in September. The trial production line is scheduled to be launched in April 2025, with the goal of starting mass production in 2027.