This “letter to the editor” is in response to EE Times’ recent list of top-10 stories for 2005 (see Dec. 16 story).
Not only is the “article of the year” missing coverage of the H1-B visa shortage, but maybe EETimes’ coverage in general has been missing too [many of these stories] recently.
There is no question what is the most critical issue for the U.S. industry, especially in electronics and related industries like EDA, ATE, and fab equipment.
Even for small companies like ChipMD (and others I’ve been with prior to ChipMD), it is not uncommon that the only way we can find the right talent for our specific area of expertise is by utilizing non-U.S.-born staff.
Sure, the world is becoming global, but Silicon Valley is still the heart and primary brain of the electronics industry. Now, we have startups with headquarters in Santa Clara County and R&D centers all over the world: India, Taiwan, China, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Of course, many companies also have R&D centers located in Texas, California and other states.
If you do not amend your “top articles” list to my liking, then maybe this e-mail will at least help stir you to do more articles in this extremely key area.
Thanks and have a great holiday season and may the New Year bring us all better health, happiness and business.
Dale A. Pollek
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