Rapidus opens sales office in Silicon Valley

Rapidus opens sales office in Silicon Valley

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By Peter Clarke

Japan’s advanced logic foundry Rapidus Corp. has formed a US subsidiary, Rapidus Design Solutions (RDS), and appointed Henri Richard as general manager.

Rapidus Design Solutions is located in Santa Clara, California, and will serve fabless semiconductor companies that are interested in using the Rapidus 2nm manufacturing process technology when it becomes available. It will also liaise with Rapidus technology partners and suppliers.

Richard, has held executive positions at a wide range of technology companies including AMD, Freescale, IBM, NetApp and SanDisk, among others.

Rapidus has recently announced additional funding for its 2nm-foundry front-end project for wafer development and also for a back-end focus area on packaging, specifically on the development of chiplet package design and manufacturing technology for 2nm semiconductors.

Rapidus was formed in 2022 with investment from the Japanese government as well as from a consortium of Japanese firms including, Sony and Toyota. It has a strategic partnership with IBM for joint development of 2nm node technology. Its manufacturing facility, called the Innovative Integration for Manufacturing (IIM), is currently under construction in Hokkaido, Japan.

“With the opening of our office in the Silicon Valley, combined with Henri’s extensive and impressive semiconductor experience, we’re ensuring that our customers have the best support –from Japan and the US – to address their design and manufacturing needs,” said Atsuyoshi Koike, CEO of Rapidus, in a statement.

Rapidus already has more than 100 scientists and engineers working alongside IBM researchers at the Albany NanoTech semiconductor research facility in New York state.

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