But there could be a troubling trend, if not a crisis, brewing on two fronts in the R&D arena.
Case study: Sematech, a US-based major R&D chip consortium, has entered an uncharted future.
On one front, R&D costs for semiconductor technologies are
escalating at each node. Higher R&D costs are not only making it
more difficult for vendors to move to the next node, but are also
putting a strain on budgets and contributing to the current wave of
consolidation in the IC industry.
On another front, Asian and European R&D organizations are
expanding their efforts while the United States is taking a step back.