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Shih, Stan (Chen-Jung) oral history

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Ling-Fei Lin, Interviewer
National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C., Sponsor
Shih, Stan (Chen-Jung), Interviewee


Computer History Museum


41 p.; 98 p.

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Computer History Museum


One of the pre-eminent members of the Taiwanese and global high tech community during the 1980–2005 timeframe, Stan Shih was born in 1944 in Lukang Township, Changhua County, Taiwan. A graduate of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Mr. Shih obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electronics Engineering from that institution in 1968 and 1971.

With his university degrees in hand, Mr. Shih began his career at Unitron Industrial Corp. in 1971, where he successfully designed, developed, and commercialized Taiwan’s first desktop calculator. In 1972, he helped to establish Qualitron Industrial Corporation. In September 1976, together with four partners, Mr. Shih co-founded Multitech International Corp., the forerunner of Acer, with US$25,000. He led Acer to a position of global leadership in the PC market and played a major role in building Taiwan into a powerhouse of PC design and manufacturing.

At the time of his retirement from the Acer Group in 2004, the combined annual revenues of Acer, BenQ and Wistron (the ABW family) had reached US$22.2 billion. He serves as a member of the board of directors of these three companies, all of which he had a hand in founding.

Mr. Shih is also the recipient of many industry awards and several honorary degrees.




semiconductor history; Acer; Calculators; ODM (original design manufacturer); branding; contract manufacturing; Employee Stock Bonus System; National Chiao Tung University (NCTU); Qualitron; Rockwell; Intel; Motorola; MOS TECHNOLOGY; UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation); ADI; Micro-Professor MPF-I; Microprofessor II (MPF II); Microprofessor III (MPF III); Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); ADDS; Compaq; Qume; Shih, Jonney; Apple; BenQ; Lee, KY; Lin, Simon; notebook computer; motherboards; Altos; TI-Acer; DRAM (dynamic random-access memory); The Smiling Curve

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Oral history collection

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Taiwanese Information Technology (IT) pioneers

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