Moto contracts out fabbing.

eyelikeart

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9400 laid off means what for us?

Just when it seems it can't get any worse with the economy. What a damned shame Motorola has to do this. But I know they have their problems anyway, but this is pretty bad.

So with 9400 employees losing their jobs, will we be holding our breath on future processor upgrades? late shipping dates?
 
Hemmoraging...

"Just when it seems it can't get any worse with the economy. What a damned shame Motorola has to do this. But I know they have their problems anyway, but this is pretty bad.

So with 9400 employees losing their jobs, will we be holding our breath on future processor upgrades? late shipping dates?"

Don't you mean lat-ER shipping dates? As if THAT couldn't get any worse. Buuuut....

It ain't just decreased production we need to worry about. It's the overall state of the economy. I think companies are either hemmoraging (sp?) or just plain panicking, not sure which. But either way, all these geniuses seem to feel that laying people off will invigorate their businesses, forgetting the fact that these people who no longer have jobs will not be spending a dime. Brilliant. I suppose that's what these idiots learned in business school.

And yes, what about the production issue?? As if Moto has not had enough problems, they try to solve them by making themselves LESS capable of producing the products it's had trouble producing. Apple seriously needs to see what it can do to buy out Moto's semi-conductor unit.

I dunno. Just my opinion.
 

joey j

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Re: 9400 laid off means what for us?

eyelikeart> Just when it seems it can't get any worse with the economy.
What a damned shame Motorola has to do this. But I know they have their
problems anyway, but this is pretty bad.

Personally I quite like the idea of Moto cutting back on inhousing, the
days of companies trying to do everything themselves are numbered.
Although TSMC have had problems with their 0.13u process as of late, which
isn't good. The article didn't say that all the fabs were being axed
("fabless, or at least fab-light") so presumably the journalist didn't
know either.


>So with 9400 employees losing their jobs, will we be holding our breath
on future processor upgrades? late shipping dates?

I doubt the losses would be in the fields of interest to us Mac users
(design and development), probably workers in the fab itself. A joint
IBM-Apple deal (research and IP only, no fabs) to handle all things PPC
related would be a huge boost to the PPC I would think. Keeping Moto on
board might be handy though given their mass of engineers and existing
patents (although preferentially employing the displaced Moto engineers at
this hypothetical joint venture and just licencing from Moto any patents
they might want to use might be a less expensive, more sensible option).
I could prattle on about this for hours, in a reply perhaps...
 
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