TRIPLE-1, Inc. (Representative Director: Takuya Yamaguchi) and KAGA FEI Co.,Ltd.(Former company name: Fujitsu Electronics Inc.,Representative Director: Junji Ogihara) have entered into a distributorship contract for a mining ASIC (application specific IC) “KAMIKAZE” that uses the world's most advanced 7nm process technology.
In the development market for mining ICs, which requires huge computing power and high power efficiency, the introduction of advanced process technology has been attempted positively and just like the development market for ICs for smartphones, which is one of the world's leading manufacture industries, the driving force for development came from the process miniaturization in the advanced semiconductor industry. As of 2019, there is a mover away from the mainstream 16nm process which had been the oligopoly of traditional Chinese region manufacturers to the state-of-the-art 7nm process. In the past, several companies, including Japanese companies, announced their entry into cutting-edge 7nm process development, but at the moment there are only a handful of manufacturers that have succeeded in commercializing ASIC (application specific IC).
Purpose / Perspective
TRIPLE-1 is a semiconductor system development company established in November 2016 and specializing in cutting-edge process technology. Since February 2017, we began to develop the ASIC (application specific IC) "KAMIKAZE" for bitcoin mining adopting the world's most advanced 7nm process technology. About a year later in February 2018, we announced the world's first tape-out (design completion) in the state-of-the-art 7nm process for the same application and proceeded with commercialization by TSMC (Taiwan), the world's largest foundry. Currently TRIPLE-1 is the only manufacturer of ASIC (application specific IC) that adopts the state-of-the-art 7nm process technology in Japan and is the only Japanese company that confronts the world in the cutting-edge process development market. KAGA FEI develops a wide range of products from various brands and manufacturers for markets around the world by making full use of the global network spreading both in Japan and abroad. Through the signing of this distributorship contract, we will be able to spread the global development potential of KAGA FEI and the state-of-the-art process development capabilities of TRIPLE-1 all over the world and provide the real value of “Japanese manufacturing” to markets around the world. On top of that, by establishing a long-term and strong partnership, we will cooperate not only in mining ASIC (application specific IC), but also in the development and deployment of leading-edge products for various fields and applications.