4th December 2023 – (Santa Clara) Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, announced on Monday his company’s commitment to meeting the soaring demand for its artificial intelligence processors in Japan. The country is striving to rebuild its semiconductor infrastructure and catch up in the field of AI technology, where Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) currently dominate the market.
Huang expressed his dedication to satisfying Japan’s requirements for GPUs during a press briefing held at the official residence of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. He acknowledged the immense demand and assured reporters that Nvidia would do its utmost to prioritize Japan’s needs.
This visit by Huang coincided with Japan’s recent approval of an additional budget, which includes approximately 2 trillion yen (US$13.60 billion) specifically allocated for chip investments. A portion of these funds is expected to support Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and the chip foundry venture Rapidus, with the objective of producing cutting-edge chips in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island.
Huang voiced his confidence in Japan’s emerging semiconductor industry, stating that it would soon have the capacity to manufacture GPUs. He emphasised that countries like Japan are recognizing the importance of owning their own data, establishing domestic AI factories, and developing their own AI intelligence.
The move to bolster Japan’s semiconductor capabilities aligns with a global trend of countries striving for self-sufficiency in critical technologies. With the growing importance of AI and data sovereignty, nations are realising the need to have control over their own technological infrastructure.