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Intel chief, Pat Gelsinger, reckons US export controls on chip technology to China are an inevitable part of rebalancing the country's supply chains. Where those semiconductor fabs are located will be more important in future than where the oil wells are. Meanwhile, the company's chip manufacturing division, Intel Foundry …

  1. badflorist Bronze badge

    "...will be more important in future than where the oil wells are."

    Will they? I recently read that Amazon is using diesel generators as a backup plan to power silicon, not silicon as backup plan to power, power.

    Pretending the importance of oil is going to diminish is extremely naive considering the opposite is extremely more likely to be true. Even if it wasn't, power is always going to be more important than what it powers and considering the products of oil, oil is king of power. In fact, it's also probable that the reason computer technology has become so wide spread is due to oil more than any other resource. I don't think the human species would look like it does without oil and sadly I'm not sure that's a good thing.

    Earth deserved better.

    1. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: "...will be more important in future than where the oil wells are."

      Oil will be critical for the chemical and plastics industries into the future for as far as anyone can see. There are no renewable feedstock substitutes for the vast majority of chemicals and plastics. Burning oil has been a waste for a very long time.

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  3. vtcodger Silver badge

    Copyright Mandy Rice-Davies

    Intel exec pursuing government handouts:

    "Where those semiconductor fabs are located will be more important in future than where the oil wells are."

    Well he would say that, wouldn't he?

    1. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Copyright Mandy Rice-Davies

      Yet he's putting a fab in the skill desert of Ohio. Go figure.

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Copyright Mandy Rice-Davies

        "Skill desert"? Well screw you too. There are five R1 universities in Ohio, and twice that many relatively nearby in neighboring states. Plenty of high-tech industry R&D too.

  4. Lordrobot

    Cast off those Crutches Sin'a... and do the Chicken Dance across the stage...

    Gelsinger is a Born Again Tent show clown that wants you to cast off those crutches and do the chicken dance across the Camp Meet'in stage. Now he is a petroleum expert...

    Might want to pass this anti-free trader's name to the Intel Board for a replacement very quickly. He is destroying INTEL and is in bed with protectionist Politicians, Schumer, Rubio, Scott, Nut Job I mean pencil red neck Tom Cotton, and 80-year-old BOY BIDEN.

    This guy is a nutty Trumper which basically means he is trying to live off the Gov handouts, and Chips ACT real estate deals, following 90 Billion in disastrous INTEL BUYBACKS.

    There is NOTHING VALUABLE about Columbus OH. NO Nerd wants to live in Redneckersonville, have a chaw, and go hunt'in for buck... Redneck Fab...

    He RECONS.... "reckons US export controls on chip technology to China are an inevitable part of rebalancing the country's supply chains" WTF does that even mean? The US has been losing in the semiconductor arena for decades. The US makes overpriced cars under protectionist policies known as NAFTA. It is not free Trade it is UNION protection. American steel is garbage. It is made from scrap. There is not one blast furnace in the USA. They don't make steel from ore. This is why Murica made cars rust out FAST. Why don't Muricans rebalance that costly supply chain Union protectionism? Over time it will rebalance itself.

    Capitalism and Competition rebalance markets, not dumb protectionist politicians that don't know squat about economics, trade or technology. The Chips Act is the biggest scam ever pushed by the intellectual bottom-rung, politicians. Rebalancing? Intel will be out of business in five years. China should do a little rebalancing itself and ban INTEL chips. Muricans are a bit puzzled as to why Biden is giving Billions to Companies that make Billions that only represent 1.2% of the US GDP. Corporate Welfare... not a chance in hell any of this lunacy will produce anything.

    1. Binraider Silver badge

      Re: Cast off those Crutches Sin'a... and do the Chicken Dance across the stage...

      Heh. There are some tourist attractions of interest in the Midwest, visited a whole bunch of them myself (admittedly, I don't know many Brits that have heard of, or have visited Kings Island). Would I want to live there? Well, not really, but I wouldn't want to live in California either.

      Wildfires and drought exacerbated by human activity are possibly also a factor in considering a relocation... Large swathes of California are in state of emergency on a regular basis. The ever-present threat of earthquake and flood too.

      Don't underestimate the attraction of lower living costs. California is desperately overcrowded and expensive; it makes parts of London look positively attractive in fact. Heathrow M25 traffic is tame compared to the hellhole that are the roads around LA.

      Of all places, Charlotte in NC is one of the fastest growing cities in the US right now. Good air connectivity mixed with lots of industry basing itself there is contributing to it. 15 years ago, we'd have scoffed at the thought of redneck USA being a big pull. But it is.

    2. Apollo-Soyuz 1975
      Stop

      Re: Cast off those Crutches Sin'a... and do the Chicken Dance across the stage...

      It’s time to take your meds again, Lordrobot.

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