Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
old account Frank Eory
User Rank
Rookie
re: Toshiba's logic unit goes fab lite
old account Frank Eory   12/27/2010 5:05:00 PM
NO RATINGS
Notice that Toshiba will continue manufacturing analog and CMOS image sensors internally, outsourcing to foundries only for bleeding edge digital and SoC. This is the classic fab-lite strategy -- keep manufacturing the specialty stuff in-house, where internal manufacturing adds the most value, and go external for the commodity, bleeding-edge of Moore's Law stuff that very few companies can afford to keep investing in anyway.

Kinnar
User Rank
CEO
re: Toshiba's logic unit goes fab lite
Kinnar   12/25/2010 6:34:34 AM
NO RATINGS
Its a very different initiative taken by Toshiba Semi. Since it is moving towards specialize departments like Visual CMOS sensors and Analog Divisions, it might lead towards some more improvements for electronics industries.

UdaraW
User Rank
Rookie
re: Toshiba's logic unit goes fab lite
UdaraW   12/25/2010 2:35:43 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, fab-lite strategy seems to have become the norm rather than the exception. People were expecting the Japanese giants to be the last to embrace this fab-lite strategy. Fab-lite appears to be the way forward as the transistor dimensions shrink further. Do you guys think we will get to live in world where other than Intel, almost everyone else goes fab-less? Certainly, some of the niche players will need to operate their own fabs, yet, a landscape where the majority are fab-less appears likely. With the fab-less trend becoming the norm, the foundries will gain somewhat stronger market power and bargaining power. We might get to see foundries controlling the timing and quality of certain products. We might get to see foundries uniting into one or more coalitions to obtain a stronger bargaining position against the fab-less design companies. Do you guys envisage a standardization process across different foundries on design rules check and such lay-out specs? I expect the foundries to do business via somewhat uniform protocols in the long-run. For an example, an IEEE standard on layout design for a given technology node?

yalanand
User Rank
Rookie
re: Toshiba's logic unit goes fab lite
yalanand   12/24/2010 5:34:55 PM
NO RATINGS
This is becoming norm these days, to go fablite. TI went fablite couple of years back (atleast in Digital front). As the transistor dimensions shrink, and thus pushing the fab maintenance cost higher, many more companies will think on these lines.



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Creating a Vetinari Clock Using Antique Analog Meters
Max Maxfield
25 comments
As you may recall, the Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) graced my humble office with a visit a couple of weeks ago. (See All Hail the Mighty Hamster.) While he was here, Hamster noticed ...

EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
11 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
11 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
45 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)