Refers to a company that does not manufacture its own silicon
wafers and concentrates on the design and development of semiconductor chips
. Manufacturers of semiconductors
can either build and run their own manufacturing plants or design chips
that are manufactured by someone else. A fab
is a facility that produces its own silicon wafers. A fabless
facility is one that outsources the production of silicon wafers. Fabless companies focus on the design and development of their products.