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ECE Colloquium Series – Prof. Honghong Tinn on “Manufacturing Electronics in Taiwan, 1966‐1975: Emulation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship”

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series*, ECE is proud to present:

Professor Honghong Tinn

University of Minnesota


Abstract: Magnetic core memory units, transistors, and IC chips made in Taiwan were distributed globally, and some even made their way into space from 1966 to the mid‐1970s. While many of these artifacts were made at assembly factories owned by international electronics manufacturers in Taiwan such as General Instrument (GI), Philco‐Ford, RCA, and Philips, local Taiwanese engineer‐entrepreneurs also launched new companies to work on IC packaging or the manufacture of electronics parts. In 1972, a different group of Taiwanese engineer‐entrepreneurs entered the calculator assembly industry. My talk shows how this diverse group of foreign and domestic electronic manufacturers, college‐educated engineers, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers of the 1970s, provided the necessary resources, knowledge, and talents to kickstart the tremendous growth of computer and computer parts manufacturers later in the 1980s in Taiwan. For example, Acer Computer’s founder Stan Shih was first employed at Unitron (Huanyu), the first domestic electronics manufacturer in Taiwan. My presentation focuses on the history and legacy of Unitron in showing the emergence and rise of domestic electronics manufacturers in 1970s Taiwan and beyond.

Zoom Link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/92842770045

Host: Professor Marc Riedel

*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.


May 6
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm