Intel Research: Exploring the Future

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Intel Research: Exploring the Future This report discusses the case study ‘Intel Research: Exploring the Future [1], published in 2005 by the Harvard Business School. The discussion is divided into three different sections: overview, analysis and conclusion. 1-Overview In 2013, Intel spent more than 10.6 billion in Research and Development (R&D), and became the third biggest spender in R&D. Intel invests in R&D to get on with Moore’s Law, an observation by company co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 that computing power doubles every two years. As the company works to cram more transistors onto its circuits, development eats most of the company’s R&D spending. “It’s getting more expensive to do the development piece of it…show more content…
The second objective is to find disruptive innovations that threaten the product roadmap and which, ideally, can be incorporated into corporate strategy to yield a competitive advantage [3]. In 1999, David Tennenhouse became the vice president and director of research at Intel Corporation. Tennenenhouse previously served as chief scientist and director of the Information Technology office of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) [4]. He borrowed lessons from DARPA for developing a new exploratory research process for Intel (Figure 2) [1]. Figure 2. The exploratory research process 2-Analysis The exploratory research process is somewhat analogous to a signal detection and amplification system. The output is a new strategy and/or a roadmap for new research developments. The input must be identified through constantly scanning or “sampling” the environment for new research developments, then filtering these “signals” to identify a subset of potentially relevant opportunities. These opportunities must then be “amplified” through internal and external research before making a strategic decision to move them toward technology and product development [1, 3]. Today most of new ideas in electronics flow through leading universities and their faulty. Exploratory research has a close connection with universities. Intel had a mechanism for providing grants to universities. But many

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