How could Europe fund fabs? There has been a lot of debate around the issue ever since Neelie Kroes announced her intention for Europe to gain a 20% share of the world semiconductor market.
One way is fab-sharing. There has been some movement towards fab-sharing among the Big Three European semiconductor companies, reported Mike Bryant, CTO of Future Horizons, at IFS2015 earlier this week.
“Fab-sharing is in the ELG report,” said Bryant referring to the European Leaders Group set up by Kroes to implement her plan to restore European semiconductor manufacturing competitiveness.
“Four years ago, the idea was resisted,” said Bryant, “so there’s a big change. It makes huge commercial sense because it allows for larger, more efficient fabs.”
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