Some computer OEMs are making waves about future US manufacturing:
- Apple will assemble the new Mac Pro Tower Workstation when it arrives
- Dell's Micael Dell did assemble here - to order, but finally moved a lot of mfg. to China
- He is on a task force in the Senate to identify roadblocks to manufacturing here
- Obstacles are as follows:
- Non-Tax Repatriation of Foreign Earnings which exceed 1 Trillion $
- The US effective Federal & State Tax burden of ~40% the highest in the World
- Lack of minimum wage workers when its is cheaper to be on welfare
- Lack of skilled workers, e.g. programmers, designers, robotics professionals, etc.
- Government regulations
- Lack of investment capital, particularly for startups and smaller companies
Even with above, the US ranks 3rd in the Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.
The top 10 are:
- Hong Kong
Mid Board Optical Transceiver developed by TE Connectivity in Sweden. The concept is to convert ASIC/CPU signals to lightwave for on-board transmission
The US improved from 7th to 3rd because of our strength in electronics and other industries. Our aim is #1. That will take addressing the items above and establishing programs in automation where the US at this time does not rank in the top 10 Robotics Manufacturers. It is dominated by Japan and Europe with China rearing its head.
I have been to Washington several times, and plan to spend more when the histrionics is over.
My work includes:
- Connector Chapter of INEMI.org 2017 Global Technology Roadmap
- The INEMI and MIT Silicon Photonics initative, which roadmaps the technologies and roadblocks to all-lightwave systems
- This includes Chip Packaging, Server Physical Architecture and its future photonics interconnect Inside-the-box
- And Outside the box, i.e. IO panels, Backplanes, Panel to top and end of rack
- All single mode fiber, with the likelihood of PCB waveguides for things like PCI Express
- OEM companies are using the SUNY Albany 300mm Fab which is dedicated to Si-Photonics solutions
- The AIM academy is managing this program as well as future education needs for optical computing/datacom applications