Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 3 / 3
Michael deBie
User Rank
re: Opinion: Make Asian foundries build U.S. fabs
Michael deBie   12/24/2009 6:27:27 PM
I concur with both Scott and G-Linden. However, I must stress that we should focus on not just jobs for engineers, but, jobs for skilled labor. Fabs require a significant amount of skilled labor to maintain the machines, build plants, build fab equipment, etc. The next tier of operators is also an important area of jobs. It has been my experience that the people in the skilled labor sector and the operators typically nudged their children into the field of electronic engineering. It is interesting that the number of engineering students from american high schools has declined as the number of fabs has declined. Just a thought for our dear profession of engineering.

User Rank
re: Opinion: Make Asian foundries build U.S. fabs
G-Linden   12/24/2009 8:42:32 AM
Production knowledge hasn‚??t vanished with the fabs. As EE Times articles have made clear, the leading fabless companies work in the fab with foundries during process development. Fablessness is also richer in engineering jobs than fabs. According to a calculation detailed in our new book, ‚??Chips and Change‚??, fabless companies in North America in 2005 employed about six times as many engineers as all the foundries in Asia.

User Rank
re: Opinion: Make Asian foundries build U.S. fabs
ScottenJ   12/24/2009 2:20:53 AM
As a follow up comment: In 2008 TSMC made 33.5% in before tax income and Intel made 20.4% in before tax income. TSMC paid 9.8% income tax and Intel paid 31.1% income tax!

User Rank
re: Opinion: Make Asian foundries build U.S. fabs
ScottenJ   12/24/2009 1:56:54 AM
I think "making them" is a bad idea and a bad precedent plus probably not allowed under a bunch of agreements. I do think tax incentives or tax code changes for manufacturing are a good idea. Look at the tax rate for someone like TSMC in Taiwan versus the what they would pay in the US and you know why they are in Taiwan although there are also labor rate differences also contributing.

<<   <   Page 3 / 3

Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses? Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times
July 16, 1pm EDT Thursday
IoT Network Shoot Out
Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
LED lighting is an important feature in todayís and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptopís 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...