NatSemi has lots of fabs but sells few x86 chips
Only real men have fabs but so what?
NatSemi made a loss of just over $27 million in its latest financial quarter and said it was partly due to poor sales of its Cyrix chips. Turnover fell to $550 million for the Q, compared to $600 million in the same Q last year. On the other hand, AMD said it will make a significant loss but if only it had loads more fabs, it would probably turn in a profit. Jerry Sanders III, the CEO of AMD, is famous for his line: "Only real men have fabs." But as with other manly attributes, it does seem it depends on what you do with what you have that is important... ®
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