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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Synaptics Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $57.5 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $209.8 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Synaptics Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 45.931 (Dec. 2013 ) + 49.412 (Mar. 2014 ) + 56.896 (Jun. 2014 ) + 57.525 (Sep. 2014 ) = $209.8 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.
Synaptics Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||25.0||35.4||39.4||50.1||68.0||86.6||105.0||118.0||144.7||192.7|
Synaptics Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||32.8||34.3||36.7||40.9||40.4||45.9||49.4||56.9||57.5||77.2|