ANATOMY OF TWO INVENTIONS
Thong Tran, Ph.D.
Micro Systems Engineering, Inc.
6024 SW Jean Rd
Lake Oswego OR 97035 USA
Tel: (503) 635-4016, Fax: (503) 635-9610
Some of us are blessed to have seen the proverbial light bulb go
off in our heads and found a way to solve a very difficult problem. In
popular literature it has been commonly characterized as a spontaneous
event out of the blue. In this paper, we would like to relate two of
these flashes that happens to us about 10 years ago.
COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTOR ACTIVE ELECTRONICS DEVICES
Chanh Ngoc-Vinh Nguyen and Nguyen Xuan Nguyen
Hughes Research Laboratories and University of California at Santa Barbara
Semiconductor device research has brought forth many enabling technologies
in today hi-tech industry. In recent years, the advent of compound semiconductor
heterostructures have furthered and catapulted the performances of these
devices to yet new height. Device engineerings with compound semiconductor
heterostructures to achieve record performance are presented and discussed.
LEARNING TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES IN VIETNAM - THE CASE OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
Ca Ngoc Tran
Research Centre for Social Sciences
Old Surgeon's Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ, UK
Tel: (44) 131 650 2454, Fax: (44) 131 650 6399
The paper look at the ways electronics companies in Vietnam learn
their technological capabilities (TC). The paper bases on the study done
during 1992-1994 in ten electronics firms in Vietnam. The study used the
taxonomy of six technological capabilities: investment, production, minor
technical change, marketing, linkage and major technical change as the
framework to asses technology competence of the firms. Also, to look at
the learning activities of the firms, the study divided learning into
various formats and types like learning-by-doing, and other more active
learning forms. By examining these forms, the study aims to identify
problems that Vietnamese electronics firms have to face in their learning
process to accumulate technological capabilities. In the last part, the
paper looks at how four groups of external factors and interactive
behaviour of these firms influence their learning.