Definition of fabless in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfabləs


  • Denoting or relating to a company which designs microchips but contracts out their production rather than owning its own factory: the advantage for the fabless firms is that they can get into the chip business without having to spend billions on manufacture
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    • We operate an efficient and streamlined fabless business model, which ensures sustainable profits even when competition is particularly intense.
    • More than 300 so-called fabless chipmakers in the US also source more than half of their silicon wafers from Taiwanese semiconductor foundries.
    • We see a bright future ahead in terms of growth for the whole semiconductor industry, and for the fabless industry and for the foundry industry.


1980s: from fab2 + -less.

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