March 19, 2001 |
For Taiwan's large and growing semiconductor industry, the future could hardly look brighter. Already a major world producer, its state-of-the-art silicon chip factories sit barely 100 miles across the Taiwan Strait from China, the biggest emerging high-tech market anywhere--a market with which it shares a common language, culture and heritage.
March 11, 2004 |
China's drive to become a leading global supplier of semiconductors within a decade is rapidly propelling that nation up the technology ladder -- and creating new trade tensions with the United States. U.S. high-tech industry executives contend that China has an arsenal of unfair tactics at its disposal, including complicated, China-only technical standards that are in the works and a tax they say discriminates against foreign chip makers. At the urging of U.S.
August 2, 2001 |
Jimmy Li was an ordinary Taiwanese cop. He never expected to find a new career in mainland China, much less settle down there with his wife, two kids and his mother-in-law. But a nine-room apartment, a live-in maid, a chauffeur, great food, sports and shopping in a culturally familiar setting at a fraction of the cost at home made the decision a no-brainer. Forget about missile shields and submarines. Forget that the governments in Beijing and Taipei are among the world's most implacable foes.
January 3, 2005 |
It wasn't unusual for Y.L. Wang to spend weekends at the factory he helped manage for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., one of the biggest chip-making companies in the world. But he had never before seen his colleague C.Y. Shih at the plant on a weekend until that Saturday in September 2001. He'd never seen anyone making so many photocopies either. Shih, a manager in TSMC's technology transfer division, was huddled over the copier that weekend amassing piles and piles of paper.