- Nov 22, 2016
Probably not.Has TSMC been lucky enough to snap up most of the people capable of advancing process tech in a timely fashion right now?
Not being process leaders has likely led TSMC to more carefully and continually revise its internal management processes and workflows to "catch up".
Intel, on the other hand, has largely cruise controlled. Now, in crisis, their possible attitude of "we're the best, why would we need to change how we do things?" is biting them.
It also likely doesn't reflect well on the US academic & research system. The long term, profit is not a consideration, research, that leads to process development is probably starting to be missed - as more often than not, phds and post-doctorates are now being asked questions like "what is the ROI on this after 3 years of funding?" Whereas really the question should be "is there likely to be at least a neutral ROI on this at some point in the next 20 years after 3 years of funding?"