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Tenstorrent-Rapidus Handshake, and What It Means

Why Japan’s startup foundry needs Tenstorrent so badly
Who Wants Rapidus in Silicon Valley?
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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