Technology

Technology

CRA provides expert economic and business consulting services to computer hardware and software firms and government agencies involved in competition and mergers and acquisition matters in the United States, the European Union, and other regions of the world. Our clients include many of the world’s largest, best-known technology firms, as well as smaller, specialty suppliers.

We combine unsurpassed capabilities in economic theory and empirical methods with a deep understanding of the institutional and technical issues of the computer industry to produce thorough and incisive analyses, reports, and testimony.

Our staff and senior consultants have been involved in computer industry matters before competition authorities around the world, among them: the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, and the competition authorities of EU member states. Many of our staff members have also held senior posts in competition agencies.

We are experienced in making oral and written presentations to agencies and providing oral and written and testimony at agency proceedings. Our economists have also provided economic analysis and expert testimony in private actions involving competition issues in the computer industry and allied fields.

Wide-ranging industry experience

CRA professionals have applied their substantial economic and computer industry expertise to matters involving virtually all aspects of the industry, including:

  • Integrated circuits, ranging from commodity dynamic random access memory chips to advanced microprocessors
  • Computer storage devices, ranging from optical discs and magnetic media to large-scale networked storage arrays
  • Computer systems, ranging from handheld units and personal computers to mainframes
  • Networking equipment, ranging from the routers and switches used in home networks to those used by major telecommunications companies in their central offices
  • Systems software, including the operating systems and other system and utility software that allows computers and networks to support applications and to otherwise function
  • Applications software, ranging from word processors and spreadsheets to specialized, high-end software products used in electrical and mechanical engineering, architectural design and modeling, and video applications
  • Fabrication equipment and supplies, used in various aspects of the integrated circuit production process, ranging from equipment used to limit semiconductor contamination to products used in the lithography process