Fabless Company

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Fabless Company'

The Global Semiconductor Alliance defines fabless as follows:

Fabless (without fab) refers to the business methodology of outsourcing the manufacturing of silicon wafers, which hundreds of semiconductor companies have adopted. Fabless companies focus on the design, development and marketing of their products and form alliances with silicon wafer manufacturers, or foundries.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Fabless Company'

The fabless model is an attractive and popular option for many semiconductor companies. By adopting a fabless business strategy, a company can focus time and resources on the design of innovative integrated circuits, while avoiding the high cost of building, operating, and upgrading a manufacturing facility.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Initial Public Offering - IPO

    The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs ...
  2. Tech Street

    A term used in the financial markets and the press to refer to ...
  3. Tech Bubble

    A pronounced and unsustainable market rise attributed to increased ...
  4. Protected Cell Company (PCC)

    A corporate structure in which a single legal entity is comprised ...
  5. Plant Patent

    An intellectual property right that protects a new and unique ...
  6. Patent Agent

    A professional licensed by the United States Patent and Trademark ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    A Checklist For Successful Medical Technology Investment

    Find an investment that will give your portfolio a shot in the arm.
  2. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Technology Sector Funds

    Evaluate past performance before investing in these types of gadget funds, as technology investors have been on a wild ride for a few years.
  3. Investing

    Clean Or Green Technology Investing

    Innovations in energy and consumption grow as companies adopt them to reduce costs.
  4. Active Trading

    The Ups And Downs Of Biotechnology

    This volatile sector can provide huges gains, but there's also lots of downside.
  5. Over the past 10 years, advertising strategies have evolved as a result of technological development as the internet has provided new channels for advertisers to reach a larger audience.
    Personal Finance

    How The Internet Web Ad Industry Works

    Over the past 10 years, advertising strategies have evolved as a result of technological development as the internet has provided new channels for advertisers to reach a larger audience.
  6. For two years, Tinder has been able to stay afloat without relying on any kind of revenue stream. Now, the free match-making mobile app is exploring a new money-making model in an effort to cash in on the international $2 billion-a-year online dating industry.
    Personal Finance

    Tinder to Start Swiping for Cash?

    For two years, Tinder has been able to stay afloat without relying on any kind of revenue stream. Now, the free match-making mobile app is exploring a new money-making model in an effort to cash ...
  7. Not every new company or product makes it, but many successful startups share the following characteristics.
    Entrepreneurship

    6 Characteristics Of Successful Apps

    Not every new company or product makes it, but many successful startups share the following characteristics.
  8. Investing Basics

    How Does Alibaba Make Money? A Simple Guide

    Alibaba broke IPO headlines--but making news and making money are two different things.
  9. When it comes to managing finances and tracking the markets on the go, there are a number of excellent apps that can be downloaded and installed onto your mobile device.
    Entrepreneurship

    Top Stock Market Apps For News Or Trading Or Both!

    When it comes to managing finances and tracking the markets on the go, there are a number of excellent apps that can be downloaded and installed onto your mobile device.
  10. A brief overview of the top apps that help forex traders with on time information, charts and more.
    Entrepreneurship

    Top Forex Trading Apps

    A brief overview of the top apps that help forex traders with on time information, charts and more.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Christmas Island Dollar

    The former currency of Christmas Island, an Australian island in the Indian Ocean that was discovered on December 25, 1643. ...
  2. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  3. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  4. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  5. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  6. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
Trading Center