Re: times have changed
Given the cost of the machinery, made in Germany ITIRC, the cost of labour would be very small change.
Taxes could be, if the first world companies paid much, which we all doubt. So that leaves quantity and is the cheaper alternative good enough ? Back to my original point. The alternative stuff is good enough or better and it shows how much times have changed. A big company and good product is not enough. Chippery has to be cheap and already a defacto standard. Not like 30 years ago when there were more types of CPU being brewed and sold, some in house and some by fabless vendors.