Definition of fabless in English:

fabless

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to a company which designs microchips but contracts out their production rather than owning its own factory:

    ‘the advantage for the fabless firms is that they can get into the chip business without having to spend billions on manufacture’
    • ‘We operate an efficient and streamlined fabless business model, which ensures sustainable profits even when competition is particularly intense.’
    • ‘We see a bright future ahead in terms of growth for the whole semiconductor industry, and for the fabless industry and for the foundry industry.’
    • ‘More than 300 so-called fabless chipmakers in the US also source more than half of their silicon wafers from Taiwanese semiconductor foundries.’
    • ‘Like code, a chip's design and its implementation in silicon aren't necessarily one and the same, but that's going to be hard for fabless operations - companies that don't actually make silicon - to accept.’
    • ‘The company has suggested that it will spin-off its loss-making chip business, and a fabless, or at least fab-light division would make it a more attractive buy.’

Origin

1980s: from fab + -less.

Pronunciation:

fabless

/ˈfabləs/