Although silicon foundries are still cramming more transistors on to a single chip, they are taking much longer to do so, and at a higher cost than ever. As Moore’s law yields, small communities of innovators around the world are given space to gather their strength and build products that may some day compete with mainstream providers. Today’s phenomenon of Shanzhai and open hardware is likely to be just the first shot across the bow of traditional corporate juggernauts.
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