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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Altera Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $100 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $416 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Altera Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 107.314 (Dec. 2014 ) + 103.231 (Mar. 2015 ) + 105.345 (Jun. 2015 ) + 100.481 (Sep. 2015 ) = $416 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Altera Corp Annual Data
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Altera Corp Quarterly Data
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