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Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries$
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Jeffrey L. Funk

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783859.001.0001

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(p.99) 6 Semiconductors
Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries
Stanford University Press

This chapter looks at the history of semiconductors to further explore the time lag between the characterization of the concepts and architectures that form the basis of technological discontinuities and the commercialization of these discontinuities. It shows how improvements in photolithographic equipment changed the trade-offs users and suppliers made between price and various dimensions of performance for semiconductors, and how they led to the emergence and diffusion of discontinuities.

Keywords:   semiconductors, time lag, discontinuities, photolithographic equipment, price, performance

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