Design is a Commodity

Design is a commodity…

Michael E. Marks, CEO of Flextronics, has a radical view of the future of America’s electronics industry. Just as manufacturing and logistical operations began shifting en masse in the early ’90s to companies like Flextronics (FLEX ), which sent most of the work to its factories in countries like China and Mexico, Marks predicts an equally dramatic shift will occur in engineering and design. As a result, many of today’s giant electronics and telecom hardware companies will massively downsize their in-house R&D operations.


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