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Chip war : the fight for the world's most critical technology / Chris Miller.


"An epic account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world's most critical resource--microchip technology--with the United States and China increasingly in conflict. You may be surprised to learn that microchips are the new oil--the scarce resource on which the modern world depends. Today, military, economic, and geopolitical power are built on a foundation of computer chips. Virtually everything--from missiles to microwaves, smartphones to the stock market--runs on chips. Until recently, America designed and built the fastest chips and maintained its lead as the #1 superpower. Now, America's edge is slipping, undermined by competitors in Taiwan, Korea, Europe, and, above all, China. Today, as Chip War reveals, China, which spends more money each year importing chips than it spends importing oil, is pouring billions into a chip-building initiative to catch up to the US. At stake is America's military superiority and economic prosperity. Economic historian Chris Miller explains how the semiconductor came to play a critical role in modern life and how the U.S. become dominant in chip design and manufacturing and applied this technology to military systems. America's victory in the Cold War and its global military dominance stems from its ability to harness computing power more effectively than any other power. But here, too, China is catching up, with its chip-building ambitions and military modernization going hand in hand. America has let key components of the chip-building process slip out of its grasp, contributing not only to a worldwide chip shortage but also a new Cold War with a superpower adversary that is desperate to bridge the gap. Illuminating, timely, and fascinating, Chip War shows that, to make sense of the current state of politics, economics, and technology, we must first understand the vital role played by chips"--Amazon.

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  • ISBN: 9781982172008
  • ISBN: 1982172002
  • Physical Description: xxvii, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-412) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I: Cold war chips. From steel to silicon -- The switch -- Noyce, Kilby and the integrated circuit -- Liftoff -- Mortars and mass production -- "I...WANT...TO...GET...RICH" -- Part II: The circuitry of the American world. Soviet Silicon Valley -- "Copy it" -- The transistor salesman -- "Transistor girls" -- Precision strike -- Supply chain statecraft -- Interl's revolutionaires -- The Pentagon's offset strategy -- Part II: Leadership lost? "That competition is tough" -- "At war with Japan" -- "Shipping junk" -- The crude oil of the 1980s -- Death spiral -- The Japan that can say no -- Part IV: America resurgent. The potato chip king -- Disrupting Intel -- "My enemy's enemy": the rise of Korea -- "This is the future" -- The KGB's directorate T -- "Weapons of mass destruction" : the impact of the offset -- War hero -- "The Cold War is over and you have won" -- Part V: Integrated circuits, integrated world? "We want a semiconductor industry in Taiwan" -- "All people must make semiconductors: -- Sharing God's love with the Chinese" -- Lithography wars -- The innovator's dilemma -- Running faster? -- Part VI: Offshoring innovation? "Real men have fabs" -- The fabless revolution -- Morris Chang's grand alliance -- Applie silicon -- EUV -- "There is no plan B" -- How Intel forgot innovation -- Part VII: China's challenge. Made in China -- "Call forth the assault" -- Technology transfer -- "Mergers are bound to happen" -- The rise of Huawei -- The 5G future -- The next offset -- Part VIII: The chip choke -- "Everything we're competing on" -- Fujian Jinhua -- The assault on Huawei -- China's Sputnik moment? -- Shortages and supply chains -- The Taiwan dilemma.
Subject: Integrated circuits industry.
Microelectronics > History.
Competition, International.
International relations.
World politics.
United States > Relations > China.
China > Relations > United States.
Genre: Informational works.

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