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Tenstorrent-Rapidus Handshake, and What It Means

Why Japan’s startup foundry needs Tenstorrent so badly
The Keller-Koike Handshake, and What It Means
Tenstorrent’s celebrity CEO Jim Keller shaking hands with Rapidus CEO Atsuyoshi Koike in San Francisco. (Image: Tenstorrent)

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What’s at stake?
Can one plus one – a startup partnering with another startup – take the world’s AI market by storm? That’s the “public image” two semiconductor startups seek to generate in Japan. At stake is a lot of Japanese government money.

Rapidus, a new Japanese startup foundry with big ambitions to design and manufacture “the world’s most advanced logic semiconductors,” Thursday announced an agreement with Tenstorrent Inc., a Canadian AI startup based in Toronto.

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