Will China ever create an enterprise comparable in size, creativity and impact to Texas Instruments?
So far, it hasn’t come close. For now, there’s not much chance it will.
With surprising candor, Chinese executives here acknowledge last week (Sept. 7) that they face a long road ahead before China can give birth to a chip company of TI’s caliber. An industry panel including Chinese fabless CEOs, executives working for EDA vendors and a foundry along with a professor from Tsinghua University, debated the matter during the China Fabless CEO Forum & Awards event, organized by EE Times-China, a sister publication of EE Times.
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I study in the UK and I live in a southern Chinese city called Nanning. I have to say it is really hard to source components in my city. It is easier to get stuff done when I am in the UK. If I want something really quick, I can always pay a premium for the products in Maplin. Even though pretty much everything has the “Made in China” logo on them, the IC inside are not made in China. It is really hard to be a electronics hobbyist in medium-sized cities in China, due to the lack of components.