We Don't Need No Stinking Fab
In other news, a recent report on semiconductor data (iSuppli Corp) shows that in 2003,
an estimated 75.1% of revenue from worldwide fabless semiconductor industry was
generated by American-based companies, and 56.8% of the demand for those products
originated in the Asia/Pacific region. That region is the largest chip-consuming
area in the world. Including China, the Asia/Pacific region accounted for 39.9%
of global semicon sales in 2003. American-based semiconductor companies accounted
for 48.7% of worldwide chip revenues in the previous year, which means the U.S.
still dominates, though the margin is eroding. Reportedly, hiring for semiconductor
circuit designers in the U.S. is on the rise, which is welcome news to those amongst
the ranks of the 6.2% EE unemployed here.