I'm writing my thesis about the home computer market between 1977 and 1984 (focusing on Commodore Inc.so PET, VIC-20 and 64 and competitors). I'm trying to plot a curve describing the technological innovation on the home computer market, and I am concerned about finding a good parameter to evaluate the progress of the industry in terms of effort in knowledge acquired and performance improvement.
Can I use MIPS? Is there any benchmark available for a list of products that were on the market in that period of time? Can anyone suggest a better indicator, considering the lack of data that sometimes occur in this kind of research?
That's what I found for now:
Can anyone can come up with a more complete list or a better idea about the parameter to use?
Also, if it can be of any help to clarify the subject, my work is for an economics thesis, and it's based on the research of Foster and Christenen about the S shaped curve of technology