Product Design and Interdependencies Analyzed by Design Structure Matrix: Comparative Research of Liquid Crystal Display and Semiconductor

By Yukihiko Nakata.

Published by The Design Collection

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Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark emphasized the power of modularity using a design structure matrix (DSM), which was invented by Donald Steward and refined by Steven Eppinger. Meanwhile, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and semiconductor devices, such as large-scale integrated circuits (LSIs) are key devices in this information age. There are many similarities between them, such as fabrication and design processes. However, there are many differences such as substrate and device size. The product designs of LCDs and LSIs have not been investigated using the DSM. I investigated the product designs using the DSM. LSIs are produced using a standard-sized silicon wafer as the “design rules”, which reduces the interdependencies among related companies as the results analyzed by the DSM. Therefore, they can be fabricated using standard equipments, and can use the division of labor. The product design of LSI can reduce the interdependencies and the product and business architectures are “modular” type. On the contrary, LCDs manufacturers produce larger LCD panels to be more competitive with customized equipments. There is no standard-sized glass and standard equipments. The product design of LCD is keeping the interdependencies among related companies and the product and business architectures are “integral” type as the results analyzed by the DSM. As the final results, the product and business architectures of LCDs and LSIs can be categorized into “integral” and “modular” types using the DSM, respectively.

Keywords: Design Structure Matrix, Business Architecture, Interdependency, Liquid Crystal Display, Semiconductor Device

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.135MB).

Prof. Yukihiko Nakata

Professor, Graduate School of Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Oita, Japan

He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kobe University, Japan in 1969 and 1971 and Ph.D. of Engineering from Osaka University in 1992. He joined Sharp Corporation, Central Research Laboratories in 1971. He has been engaged in the R&D of electroluminescence (EL) devices, Solar Cells, and Tin Film Transistor for Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). He, then, worked at Sharp Microelectronics Technology as a Deputy General Manager of LCD Group and Sharp Laboratories of America as a Director of LCD at U.S.A. from 1997 to 2000. He worked at the LCD Laboratories, Sharp Corporation, Japan as a Chief Technical Research Fellow from 2000. Also, He worked at Advanced LCD Technologies Development Center Co. Ltd., Yokohama. Then, He joined Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University as a Professor from 2004 to present. He received the Chairman’s Award of Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation as a pioneer of EL.


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