Manufacturing Excellence, Still Achievable in the US

Terry Pope, Executive Director, Semiconductor Manufacturing

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., 2427 W. Hillcrest Drive, Newbury Park, CA  91320, 805-480-4331


Keywords:  Cycle Time, Yield, MPCpS, Manufacturing Excellence, OTD, Core Teams



While GaAs manufacturing is still strongly represented by US based wafer fabs, if it follows in the footsteps of silicon, it will only be a matter of time before it is dominated by offshore foundries.  GaAs will never reach the volumes or revenue of silicon and therefore does not have the same level of attraction for venture capital but unless US based factories are competitive in productivity, cost, yields and quality they will eventually be shutdown in favor of the lower labor cost Asia sites.  How can a US based GaAs factory remain viable in one of the most competitive industries, semiconductor manufacturing?


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