Technology in an Ancient City

By: Elizabeth Bauman Today - Thursday we visited our first two companies. XHTZ and Applied Materials. XHTZ is the Xi'an Hi-Tech industries Zone. The tour was pretty neat and very well organized. There were interactive models of the zone and historical and informational displays that were 'awesome' (Hana Litterer's description). The zone is China's government's attempt to move hi tech companies west from the developed east coast. The zone land that is being developed was farmland 10 years ago and is already 60 out of 306 sq km completed at full capacity. An interesting financial point of interest is that 90% of revenue stays in China. Next we went to Applied Materials. For 1976 transistor prices, a typical iPod would [...]