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Technology Choice in the IT Industry and Changes of the Trade Structure

Discussion Papers

No.191

by YOSHINO Hisao
March, 2009

ABSTRACT

In the IT industry, there has been a remarkable increase in the demand for system LSI. A system LSI must be produced, tailor-designed for each electrical appliance. It is said that this production method has made the IC cycle ambiguous in recent years. It can be sought that the choice of whether the economy pursues a development path centering on technology which is tradable or technology which is embodied in labor, depends on the historical background. The relationship between these two types of technologies is changing rapidly every one or two years. In this background, the analysis is focused on the new trend of technology. In the section 2, the newest trend of technology in the field of system LSI is explained. Then, which kind of technology will be developed and how it will have an affect in the near future, is considered.

Keywords: Technology Choice, IT industry, Trade Structure, System LSI
JEL classification: O33, L63, F15

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