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Foundry Giant Sees the Light

What does TSMC know about solar cells and LEDs? More than you'd expect

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Foundry Giant Sees the Light

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TSMC must break into LEDs and solar to grow faster.

What do you do when you dominate your market? You find other markets to dominate. That's the plan for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's biggest semiconductor foundry, according to its founding chairman, who retook the reins of the company in mid-June. Morris Chang, the recently reappointed chairman and CEO, says that a better future lies ahead for the firm if it pushes into green energy--specifically solar power and LEDs.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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