Borel's European chip industry proposal in full
March 18, 2008 //
Joseph Borel, former executive vice president in central research and development at STMicroelectronics NV, has sent a 12-page proposal to the French government calling for the consolidation of Infineon Technologies, NXP and ST into a European champion chip company. EETimes Europe obtained a copy of the proposal, entitled: "Nanotechnologies in Europe: There is room for a single profitable share application-driven foundry". Borel gave EE Times Europe the authorization to publish it.
Joseph Borel, former executive vice president in central research and development at STMicroelectronics NV, has sent a 12-page proposal to the French government calling for the consolidation of Infineon Technologies, NXP and ST into a European champion chip company.
EETimes Europe obtained a copy of the proposal, entitled: "Nanotechnologies in Europe: There is room for a single profitable share application-driven foundry".
Borel has given EE Times Europe the authorization to publish it. Here is the full text.
1-European critical situation
2-Cost of nanotechnologies
3-Interdependence between product and process
4-Dedicated Silicon Foundry threat
5-The INTEL way
6-Implication in terms of cost
7-Global European rationale
1-European critical situation
Looking at European semiconductor business versus worldwide competition brings some concerns about what is going to be the short term perspective of technology development for several reasons:
-Recent decisions show a willingness for semiconductor companies to disinvest in terms of foundry business, expecting their semiconductor chips to be made by foundries.
-European semiconductor companies on the other side have strong expertise in mixed analog digital, an added value for most of the new applications on the market (wireless, automotive).
-This is well suited for the needs of European system houses very competitive in several markets such as wireless, automotive, consumer
-The size of the European semiconductor companies is too low for facing individually the huge investment constraints in their separate fabs.
-Nanotechnologies to some extend are close to full custom though handling huge amounts of digital devices complexity (several hundred thousand devices per chip including analog and digital blocks).
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