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re: Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
timemerchant   6/19/2012 5:43:18 AM
some commercial success - producing half the world's airlines! Understatement indeed. The debt crisis has politicians focusing on the next vote, which means numbers. There are more dumb people than smart people, so why would the majority vote for jobs for a few smart people? Nokia is shedding 40,000 jobs since 2010. The people smart enough for a smart chip don't rely on handouts or welfare, so if Europe cannot deliver, they go elsewhere. The unemployed remain. Funding is unlikely.

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re: Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
krh   6/19/2012 3:19:17 AM
I agree with Bert22306, and besides China I would also add USA (Intel) and Korea (Samsung) as real world-wide competition that both perpetually stay in the "paranoid competition" mode for silicon. The Airbus vs. Boeing analogy is looking backwards...good historical info but not "shooting ahead of the year 20xx silicon puck". Intel and Samsung do not compete like Boeing.

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re: Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
PJames   6/18/2012 8:11:29 PM
Perhaps individual governments should make clear that they won't stand in the way of consolidation, but it seems misguided for governments to try to force consolidation.

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re: Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
Bert22306   6/18/2012 7:20:34 PM
These strategic, often government-sponsored decisions are a difficult proposition. Sometimes they can succeed, e.g. when the playing field is more or less level, as is the case of Airbus vs Boeing. Sometimes, like this instance, it might be more of a risk. You're going up against super low cost manufacturing in China. I don't think this is a slam dunk. The worst case scenario being, even with governments going further in debt than they already are, the costs might still favor the Chinese sources.

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re: Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
KB3001   6/18/2012 12:36:36 PM
This makes perfect sense and it should have been the case already if it were not for short term "nationalistic" tendencies within the European community. Let's hope that the current crisis will push for a European chip super company (among other consolidations). I say this more in hope than expectation though....

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