A bomb went off in the tech world last week when Intel’s CEO suggested the mighty microprocessor manufacturer might do the unthinkable and outsource the manufacturing of its chip. To call it the end of an era, as everyone immediately has, is no understatement.

Intel’s silicon chips are the brains of our modern personal computers, in no small part because of Intel’s superior hi-tech fabrication technology. Intel’s factories have been some of the most advanced in the world over the past 30 years of this remarkable 52-year-old company...

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