Japanese government to launch diamond chip project

The Japanese government will start a joint research project with industry in fiscal year 2003 to develop diamond-based semiconductors, an advanced chip technology that could one day replace silicon as the base for super fast, high voltage semiconductors, it said on Friday.

Driven by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), part of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the project has a budget of