posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 08:42 AM
Relax. The method of manufacture is not exactly defined. A country like Thailand doesn't exactly have the best infrastructure for a semiconductor
factory known as a "front end", at least not a good or large one. Now what they probably have is a "back end" facility which is fairly easy for
them to operate. The back end facility takes finished wafers from the front end, on which all the silicon chips have been grown onto, and then cuts
them into individual chips and then packages them for use in all sorts of electronics. Its what those little black things with legs on them are.
They could be receiving the parts from a number of manufacturers worldwide including the US. The US doesn't exactly waste its time on this sort of
thing because its low end commodity work.
Work like this is farmed out to countries to help them develop their high tech sector and also make "nice nice".
And trust me, these passport chips have nothing on high speed processing chips in terms of complexity, and the US dominates that field.
For shame for you guys to get worked up taking the news at their word like they really know whats up. Wolf Blitzer was making me sick yesterday with