Outsourced Fabs and Process Technology

There was an interesting statement in the TI blog yesterday. It appears TI doesn’t think too highly of outsourced fabs, especially the fabs in Taiwan and China. Here’s a blurb from the post:

“The bottom line is that we (TI) are putting millions of transistors on the silicon, which would be worthless if we couldn’t be sure that all the components work together optimally. An outsourced fab cannot possibly have the same level of knowledge as a company that has invested heavily in understanding the physics I (Gene Frantz, TI Principal Fellow and Business Development Manager, DSP) have outlined previously. Furthermore, there has to be a tie between IC design and process design. You really can’t have one without the other: love and marriage, horse and carriage and all that…”