Going Off-Shore

Summary : Semiconductors were starting to become big business by the mid-sixties. Assembly was the bulk of the cost and the giants in Japan and the Southwest were building automated assembly lines to deal with the cost. Fairchild was looking for a less capital-inte

Semiconductors were starting to become big business by the mid-sixties. Assembly was the bulk of the cost and the giants in Japan and the Southwest were building automated assembly lines to deal with the cost. Fairchild was looking for a less capital-intensive way; Bob Noyce sent Charlie Sporck and Julius Blank to Hong Kong to explore the possibility of manufacturing there where labor costs ran 12 cents an hour. Find out what it was like, how it all unfolded, and the ramification of it all from Charlie himself.

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