The Bad Boy Of Silicon Valley

When T. J. Rodgers speaks, people bristle. The chief executive of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. calls large chip companies "dinosaurs." He accuses their executives of whining for "political protection" rather than innovating and investing. He complains that current government policies are designed to "prop up sagging companies." And he derides Sematech, the government- and industry-funded consortium intended to restore America's edge in semiconductors, as a "corporate country club" for big business.

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