Reply to post: Re: Japan is paying massive subsidies

German finance minister says nein to more Intel subsidy cash

DS999 Silver badge

Re: Japan is paying massive subsidies

There's a reason Japan has to pay those subsidies - operating fabs there is more expensive due to more frequent earthquakes. Intel always sites in places (Oregon, Arizona, Ireland, soon Ohio and maybe Germany) where that's not an issue.

When an earthquake occurs all in process wafers are lost. Today that's like three months worth, and before long will be four months worth. That's enough to turn a profit to a loss even in an otherwise very profitable foundry.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon