Stan Shih

Thirty years ago, computer manufacturing was an arcane business involving a handful of companies building a small number of large and expensive machines a year, mostly using components made in-house. Stan Shih, a mild-mannered Taiwanese electrical engineer working on gadgets such as desktop calculators, saw a better way. Among the first to recognize the potential of microprocessors (those tiny computer chips that today are the brains of billions of products from cars to cell phones), Shih saw how marrying cheap chips with efficient manufacturing could spread computing power to the masses. It was the right idea — so right that Shih...

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