Chip War

Chip War

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—runs on chips, including cars, smartphones, the stock market, even the electric grid. Until recently, America designed and built the fastest chips and maintained its lead as the #1 superpower, but America’s edge is in danger of slipping, undermined by players in Taiwan, Korea, and Europe taking over manufacturing. Now, as Chip War reveals, China, which spends more on chips than any other product, 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 technology works and why it’s so important, recounting the fascinating events that led to the United States perfecting the chip design, and to America’s victory in the Cold War by using faster chips to render the Soviet Union’s arsenal of precision-guided weapons obsolete. But lately, America has let key components of the chip-building process slip out of its grasp, leading to a worldwide chip shortage and a new war brewing 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.

Chris Miller is Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also serves as Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Eurasia Director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and as a Director at Greenmantle, a New York and London-based macroeconomic and geopolitical consultancy....

会不会有一天,出现一种新技术,完全取代芯片的地位,就像电池取代内燃机的地位。芯片不再是the most critical technology,地缘政治经济格局也将有大变化。
“At the core of computing is the need for many millions of 1s and 0s.”
很应景的一本书,从半导体的发明讲到光刻机的运作,从英特尔讲到台积电,从摩尔定律讲到finfet工艺,从美国一家独大讲到日韩台崛起,从冷战越战讲到如今的台海局势。美出台了新的半导体限制政策,中国该如何接招呢?其实台湾的 一定程度上已经给了答案:人才。
暂不论作者的分析,但至少把Chip War写得生动,详实。读完的这一天恰好G20在印尼召开。