Fabless chip companies doing just fine

Fabless chip companies doing just fine
Tom Foremski
Fabless chip firms are doing very well, claims the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) saying that a survey of its members shows that they will need 45 per cent more silicon from their foundries this year.
The FSA says that fabless chip firms are growing faster than the overall chip industry, and are able to take advantage of excess chip manufacturing capacity world-wide, and lower prices from Asian based foundries.
The majority of fabless chip firms say that most of their chips will be manufactured in 0.35-microns or below, this year, and they expect to raise production by 30 per cent in 1999.

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