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Why Companies should have Contingency Plans for Unanticipated Game-Changers in Technology

This topic came to mind as I was ruminating on the future of semiconductor technology. Being involved in the verification phase of IC development, one could not help but wonder if silicon would remain the preponderating backbone of mobile/small-scale electronic devices. What if a material with properties that transcend GaN and SiC arrived in the playing field? What would happen to the plethora of entrenched protocols and procedures, IP building blocks, or - in a more drastic case - standard measurement methodologies that many engineers and technicians have grown accustomed to?

Expenses involved in migration would certainly imbalance the finances of any company, perhaps dealing a fatal blow to smaller enterprises (fabless ones maybe?). Having to throw away a fossilized habit or routine is, from common sense, never a walk in the park. There are accompanying challenges that must be overcome to make a smooth transition toward recovery.

Thus, why not cogitate on mitigation measures that a…