Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2003


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520/620


Abstract: Semiconductors are the backbone of the integrated chips that fuel and power the ever-improving high technology market and the digital economy. These chips are the essential ingredients of computers, cell phones, medical equipment, networks, electronic appliances, etc. This case study focuses on the semiconductor IC chip industry and its evolution through in the last three decades. Using Intel as an example this study shows how the company succeeded going from forecasting to innovation via new inventions and new strategies using R & D as a powerful tool. We tried to map Intel's progress using the model illustrated in Chapter 11 (Technology Forecasting & Planning) of "Managing Technological Innovation" book by Frederick Betz, The Moore's law has been a solid benchmark to measure the progress in semiconductor growth over the last three decades. The strengths and some of the challenges for Moore's law as tested by Intel are shown as part of this case study. This case study also demonstrates a technology roadmap for the semiconductor IC industry.


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