Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1985 (Revised October 1988)

Everest Computer (A): The Development of the SuperMOS Process

by Kim B. Clark

Abstract

The research and development lab at the semiconductor development and manufacturing facility of a computer systems manufacturer has embarked on a radically improved semiconductor manufacturing process for application in a new computer system. The case offers a detailed picture of the trade-offs involved in semiconductor process development and the issues that arise from deciding how much of a technological leap to take and how to gain control of a complex manufacturing process.

Keywords: Factories, Labs, and Plants; Governance Controls; Production; Research and Development; Hardware; Semiconductor Industry;

Citation:

Clark, Kim B. "Everest Computer (A): The Development of the SuperMOS Process." Harvard Business School Case 685-085, April 1985. (Revised October 1988.)