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fabless

(FABricationLESS) A semiconductor vendor that does not have inhouse manufacturing facilities. Although it designs and tests the chips, it relies on external foundries (fabs) for their actual fabrication. See fab, foundry and IDM.
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The so-called fabless companies are strongest in the communications market, which is experiencing a boom driven by the growth of the Internet and cellular phones, says Mark Edelstone, an analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter here.