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For an industry not prone to natural monopolies (which is certainly true), it has done not too bad in that department: Intel & Qualcomm come to mind. And yes, I've been in this industry before: back in the nineties and the aughties, there were a lot of chip making startups created every year, thanks to the foundries like TSMC or UMC.

Today, the giant foundries are still there, but the "silicon" startup have dried up. And as an equipment designer, your choice of chip set platforms keeps shrinking, even in supposedly "hot" sectors like Wi-Fi...

by Bernard on Thu Apr 7th, 2016 at 03:45:53 PM EST
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