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Semiconductor tech trends favor China

With miniaturization at a wall, upstarts gain edge in race for faster chips

EUV lithography technology is so difficult and costly to develop that only one lithography machine maker still exists, ASML of the Netherlands. (Photo courtesy of ASML).

TOKYO -- Yukio Sakamoto, a 73-year-old Japanese chipmaking business veteran, last fall took a senior vice president position at Tsinghua Unigroup, a leading Chinese high-tech conglomerate affiliated with the renowned Tsinghua University. His role is to oversee the launching of a DRAM memory-chip manufacturing business.

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