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Taiwan's rise as chip design hub threatens U.S. dominance

Proximity to TSMC helps MediaTek and compatriots take 4 slots on top 10 list

U.S. companies have dominated chip design even as they have outsourced fabrication. Now Taiwanese players are starting to encroach on this turf.

TAIPEI -- Taiwan, long known as a global leader in semiconductor fabrication, is starting to make inroads upstream into design as well, going up against American companies that had seen the island mainly as a manufacturing hub.

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