In 2011's aftermath, sourcing remains a question. Utilization has room to increase, but will the right lines be available at the right time and the right price? Faced with disruptive events, increasingly conservative inventories, volatile pricing, and shrinking margins, it is essential to have strategic supplier diversification and agile, targeted inventory management.
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There are many important and widespread changes occurring in chip designs, particularly SoC and processor designs that are proving to be the next exciting, positive disruptive architectural IC trend for the semiconductor industry. These chip-level changes truly bridge the ongoing push of ever-improving architectures with user device trends and demands.
Read more: Substance Over Style: Complex chips offer differentiation in a crowded market