Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: Make Or Buy?
Make or Buy? Has been a perennial question at electronics companies when it comes to ICs.
One company, the world leader in displays and calculators decided to build s chip factory.
The move was very unpopular among many in the company because the fab bled rid ink.
And yields on its pioneering CMOS process were very low.
The staff of the fab were on short-time working.
The company decided to sell the fab and Motorola toured it and agreed to buy it.
The, just as the contract was to be signed, the chip market turned up.
The top brass decided the fab was far too valuable an asset to be sold.
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