Taiwan’s Tech Triumph: From Fishing Village to Chip Powerhouse” At 23, Shih Chin-tay flew to the US in 1969, shocked by the wealth gap with Taiwan.

Determined to uplift his homeland, Shih and a group of engineers turned Taiwan into a global electronics giant, dominating chip production.

Today, Taiwan produces over half the world’s chips, with TSMC ranking among the top global businesses. China aims to challenge this supremacy, but replicating Taiwan’s success won’t be easy.

The island’s secret sauce, developed over decades, lies in efficient manufacturing and a unique “foundry model.” Yet, amid US-China tensions, Taiwan’s chip prowess faces challenges and scrutiny.

Explore the journey from a fishing village to a tech superpower, and the global impact of Taiwan’s silicon shield. [Credit: BBC]


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