Reportedly, Samsung Electronics is working on establishing a semiconductor research and development (R&D) center in Japan. The total budget is 30 billion yen (about 300 billion won) to build a new production line for advanced semiconductor prototypes in Yokohama. The R&D center is reportedly scheduled to start operations in 2025.
Recently, Samsung Electronics developed Device Solutions Research Japan (DSRJ) by consolidating its semiconductor (DS) research facilities scattered around Japan into one place in Yokohama.
As reported by Business Korea, if Samsung Electronics applies to the Japanese government for subsidies for building the R&D line, the Korean chipmaker will be able to receive subsidies of more than 10 billion yen (about 100 billion won or US$74 million), experts forecast.
The company is looking to invest in R&D lines in Japan as Japan has a stable supply chain of semiconductor materials, parts, and equipment. It also has small and medium-sized enterprises with strong source and component technologies.