April 19, 2024
Nvidia CEO Vows to Prioritize Japan for AI Processors
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Nvidia CEO Vows to Prioritize Japan for AI Processors

Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, affirmed on Monday the company’s utmost commitment to meeting Japan’s burgeoning demand for artificial intelligence processors. This comes as Japan accelerates efforts to rejuvenate its once-leading semiconductor infrastructure and advance in AI technology. Notably, Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) from the United States assert dominance in the AI market.

Huang, addressing reporters at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s official residence in Tokyo, expressed that demand is exceptionally high. He assured that Nvidia would deploy its very best efforts to prioritize Japan’s substantial requirements for GPUs.

The visit by Huang occurred within two weeks of Japan approving an additional budget, earmarking approximately $13.60 billion for chip investment. The allocated funds are anticipated to play a crucial role in supporting Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and contributing to the chip foundry venture, Rapidus. Rapidus aims to pioneer cutting-edge chip manufacturing in Japan, specifically on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Huang, emphasizing Japan’s potential in the semiconductor industry, stated, “The semiconductor industry that Japan is now starting to grow and foster will be able to produce GPUs.”

In a broader context, Huang highlighted the growing realization in countries like Japan about the necessity to own data, build AI factories, and independently produce AI intelligence. This recognition, he added, is becoming increasingly apparent as nations strive for self-sufficiency in the critical domains of data ownership and AI capabilities.

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