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Taiwan's Troubled DRAM Plan

The island's struggling memory makers aren't buying in

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The Taiwanese government is struggling to revive the nation’s dynamic-RAM (DRAM) industry, which has been bleeding losses quarter after quarter due to both slumping prices and substantial overcapacity. The industry desperately needs to acquire new technology from foreign partners to upgrade its products.

As part of a controversial plan, the government is setting up a new corporation, Taiwan Memory Co. (TMC). It is aimed at consolidating the industry and forging deals with foreign firms that would provide technology for coming generations of DRAM chips and provide the basis for Taiwan’s developing homegrown DRAM designs.

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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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