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Shih, Chintay oral history

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Dr. Chintay Shih was born in 1946 in a fishing village in Kaohsiung province of Taiwan. He went on to acquire his B.S. Degree from National Taiwan University, a M.S. Degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton, Dr. Shih took his first engineering position at Burroughs Corporation where he eventually became a Senior Research Engineer. He remained at Burroughs until 1976, when he returned to Taiwan to be one of the leaders of the recently formed Industrial Technology Research Institute’s (ITRI) RCA project that laid the foundation for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. The roots of both UMC and TSMC are deep in ITRI’s vision and investment strategy according to Dr. Shih.

Dr. Shih became the President of ITRI (1994 to 2003) and he was the Vice President and the General Director of ERSO and ITRI. He also was a Professor and Dean at the College of Technology Management of National Tsing Hua University.

In this oral history, Dr. Shih discusses in depth the influence of the RCA project on the trajectory of Taiwan’s high tech industry; the development of the foundry, ODM and IDM business models in Taiwan; and role of ERSO and ITRI and other government organizations in laying the foundations of the semiconductor and PC industries in his country.




Lin, Ling-Fei, Interviewer
National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C., Sponsor
Shih, Chintay, Interviewee


Computer History Museum


26 p.; 43 p.

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Computer History Museum




semiconductor history; RCA; Industrial Technology Research Institute’s (ITRI); Electronics Research & Service Organization (ERSO); semiconductors; personal computers (PCs)

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Oral history collection

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Taiwanese Information Technology (IT) pioneers

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