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(FABrication) A manufacturing plant that makes semiconductor devices. Many chips are created by "fabless" companies that take their tested designs to a fab for production, also called a "foundry. The U.S. has about 10-12% of the fabs in the world. See foundry.

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On drawings, abbr. for “fabricate.”
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Moreover, the lack of progress on FABs is holding back the full implementation of the EU's Single European Sky, which in turn generates inefficiencies in the entire European Air Traffic Management in the range of some 30 to 40 % of total air navigation costs and charges levied in Europe.
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SEMI didn't report on how this trend might affect the market for back-end equipment, but new life for 200-mm fabs could have implications for IC test systems.
The news is not good for the Single European Sky, and in particular for the establishment of functional airspace blocks (FABs), which divide up the sky in terms of traffic flows rather than national borders.
12) that the company will embark on the construction of 18-in wafer fabs during 2015-2016 at the earliest.