I’m certain that there were some project managers in the early 1990s who were hesitant to design with PC/104. “We’ll stick to the older, proven specifications, thank you very much.” Thankfully, there were plenty of early adopters – engineers and designers who saw the value of a stackable architecture, the elimination of the backplane, and the potential for a multivendor ecosystem of compatible products.

Everett Rogers first introduced the idea of diffusion of innovations in his 1962 book of the same name. The concept was initially rooted in agriculture (yes, I just did that) but has been widely applied to advances in technology. The curve has five stages: innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards.

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