Mining the above data, the most interesting statistic is this:
Over the next 5 years, wafer capacity in
- the Americas will increase 27%
- China and Taiwan will increase 58%
- Korea will increase 47%
- Japan will increase 14%
The semiconductor industry seems to be following the same trend as most maturing industries... production moves to the lowest cost location. I've heard production in the US is ~15% costlier than production in Japan, and Japan is ~15% costlier than Korea, which in turn is ~10% costlier than Taiwan and China, largely because of government incentives. I don't know how true these numbers are, can EE Times do some research and talk about production cost in various countries? It could be very very interesting for many people!!
I am surprised Taiwan is not #1 already. Look at how fast China is growing (70% from 2010 to 2015) - in a decade China will be #1 and it will be next to impossible for any other country to catch up with that giant.
Sad. And there is a potential interesting NEWS article that appears on the right colums:
NOTE IT IS FROM 11/30/2000!
This is NEWS??????????
"where band-end test"
Perhaps EE Times could develop some program for readers to sign up to be editors now that the business model doesn't support editing/proofreading.
Surely some web tools could be developed to send out articles to a group of people before officially posting on EE Times. Have enough people signed up so that anyone that has a spare moment can respond, thus maintaining the immediacy available to the online format.
Maybe with all the new hype about EE Times Confidential, you could offer a free subscription to people willing to sign up as proofreaders/editors.
Sadly, a majority of EE Times articles I read seem to have spelling, grammatical or other mistakes.