The Strategist

Japan to invest in optoelectronic semiconductor project

01/31/2024 - 08:39

The Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Ken Saito, announced at a press conference in Tokyo that Japan has chosen to "assist" a cooperative initiative based on the Japanese telecoms corporation NTT’s developments in the area of optoelectronic semiconductor technology.

"It was decided today to assist a joint project centered on NTT with the participation of key Japanese enterprises to develop devices, memory, materials, software in the field of optoelectronic technology, which is the core in the industrial strategy for semiconductors and the digital industry," said the minister.

He did not, however, comment on the specifics of the initiative.

Kyodo News Agency reports that NTT, US Intel, and South Korea's SK Hynix are working together to create optoelectronic fusion technologies for semiconductor development. Japan is contributing 45 billion yen ($306 million) to the project.

The collaborative project aims to establish semiconductors employing optical technology leadership. The project will involve NEC, Fujitsu Limited, Kioxia, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Shinko Electric Industries, and NTT in addition to Intel and SK Hynix.