Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger visited Japan this week as part of a delegation of foreign semiconductor company representatives to hold talks with members of the Japanese government. So far, Intel has no clear plans to invest in the Japanese economy, but the company sees several areas for cooperation with local partners.
First, as explained Nikkei Asian Review Referring to Gelsinger’s own comments, this is an organization that manufactures semiconductor components with minimal environmental impact. Second is the development of supercomputing and quantum computers. Finally, creating an infrastructure for testing and manufacturing semiconductor components can be considered the most pragmatic area of cooperation. According to the Intel boss, Japan can remain a leader in the latter area in the future: “As the world moves towards the deployment of advanced packaging technologies, we believe this is a very promising area for Japan that will allow it to strengthen its position in the global market.”.
Negotiations are underway with Japanese partners, Gelsinger explained, but declined to share specifics about theirs. The Intel boss only indicated that the company will expand its activities in the field of research into new methods of packaging chips, which it is conducting in Japan. It should not be forgotten that Intel plans to acquire Israeli company Tower Semiconductor, which already has operations in Japan. If they come under Intel’s control, this company can produce power and analog semiconductor components on them.
At the end of the interview, Patrick Gelsinger said that if politicians from the US, Europe and Japan came together and developed a common approach to exporting components and technologies and cooperation in this area, then a good basis would be laid for future business development.