A growing chorus of critics argue that Silicon Valley has become irrelevant as a far as silicon technology is concerned. These critics say that the semiconductor industry's foundation has largely picked up and moved to Asia, never to return.
Others, especially silicon device designers and manufactureres still based in Silicon Valley, say reports of their death are greatly exaggerated. One defender of Silicon Valley's continuing relevance is Ralph Schmitt, CEO of PLX Technology, an I/O interconnect device developer based in Sunnyvale, Calif.
In an EE Times op-ed, Schmitt dismisses the naysayers: "Market-making innovation abounds at the device level right here. We are not yet done building wonderful castles of sand," Schmitt asserts.
Is Schmitt whistling past the graveyard, or is there still another round of innovation left in the device companies in Silicon Valley? Let us know what you think.