A Chinese chip scandal?

Bruce Einhorn

It hasn’t generated global headlines like the South Korean stem-cell controversy, but China may be in the midst of an embarrassing high-tech scandal of its own. In 2003, Chen Jin, a professor at Shanghai’s Jiaotong University (alma mater of former President Jiang Zemin and one of the most prestigious schools in the country), led a team that developed China’s first home-grown digital signal processor, dubbed the Hanxin 1. Since building a local semiconductor industry was (and still is) a top priority of the Chinese government, Chen’s achievement won him widespread acclaim. Premier Wen Jiabao and former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa were among the high-profile officials to visit Chen’s lab.

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