Technological Cycle and S-Curve: A Nonconventional Trend in the Microprocessor Market

  • G. Ennas
  • F. Marras
  • M. C. Di Guardo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 13)


In the literature there is agreement on the fact that battles between two technologies sooner or later end with the dominance of one over the others, or, under certain conditions, with their coexistence. The aim of this paper is to understand if competition between rival technologies can be reopened after one technology dominates the market. We argue that, if a technology has prevailed this could not be a static situation, but rather a dynamic one. In doing so, we have analyzed the microprocessor market, finding a nonconventional S-curve trend.


Technology life cycle S-curve Dominant paradigm Coexistence 



Fabiana Marras gratefully acknowledges Sardinia Regional Government for the financial support of her PhD scholarship (P.O.R. Sardegna F.S.E. Operational Programme of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, European Social Fund 2007–2013—Axis IV Human Resources, Objective l.3, Line of Activity l.3.1.).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CagliariCagliariItaly

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