Micron Technology, with the backing of the Japanese government, has announced plans to invest a staggering 500 billion yen ($3.70 billion) in cutting-edge extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The funds will primarily be used to acquire state-of-the-art EUV chipmaking machinery, enabling the production of 1-gamma chips.
This move positions Micron as the pioneering semiconductor manufacturer to implement EUV technology within Japan. With plans to commence EUV production on the 1-gamma node in both Taiwan and Japan in 2025, Micron aims to solidify its position at the forefront of chip manufacturing.
The decision to invest in EUV technology comes on the heels of Micron’s successful mass production of high-capacity, low-power 1-beta dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips in Hiroshima. This recent accomplishment underscores Micron’s commitment to advancing semiconductor technology and expanding its presence in the Japanese market.
While Micron’s investment will undoubtedly benefit the company’s bottom line, it also aligns with the Japanese government’s broader strategy of revitalizing its semiconductor industry. In recent years, Japan has experienced a decline in global market share, prompting the government to take proactive measures to boost the industry’s competitiveness and regain lost ground.
Meanwhile, the United States, recognizing the importance of semiconductor technology and its strategic implications, has been encouraging collaboration to counter China’s technological and chip advancements. Micron’s partnership with the Japanese government not only strengthens Japan’s semiconductor sector but also bolsters the overall resilience of the global chip manufacturing ecosystem.
As the race for technological supremacy continues, investments like these are pivotal for companies and countries alike. Micron’s commitment to EUV technology and its collaboration with Japan highlight the significance of cutting-edge chip manufacturing and the desire to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive landscape.