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Semiconductor Capabilities in the U.S. and Industrializing Asia

Brown, Clair and Linden, Greg (2008) Semiconductor Capabilities in the U.S. and Industrializing Asia. [Industry Studies Working Paper:2008-11]



The semiconductor industry has a rich experience with the offshoring of manufacturing and design activities. Because meaningful data about the extent of the offshoring are limited, we rely on a more qualitative analysis for our key points. We have conducted dozens of interviews with engineers and managers at numerous semiconductor and related companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe since the early 1990s. Our research also incorporates the publicly-available information in trade journals and company reports. The paper begins in section one with a brief description of the stages of semiconductor production and our analytical framework. Section two summarizes the offshoring of activities by the industry. Section three provides a more detailed discussion of the offshoring of design. Section four compares engineer capabilities in the relevant countries of Asia, where most offshoring occurs. Section five profiles the chip industry in Taiwan, China, and India. And Section six concludes with an outlook for the chip industry in the investing and host countries.

Industry Studies Series #:2008-11
Item Type:Industry Studies Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords:industry studies, industry studies working paper, industry studies association, industry studies research
ID Code:93
Deposited By:Mr Robin Peterson
Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 13:49
Last Modified:07 Jun 2010 10:44

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