January 24, 1976
1. MASK ALIGNERS TO POLAND
Bill Hugle of Hugle Industries has been the most active in selling or trying
to sell semiconductor processing equipment to iron curtain countries. Both the
Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense have shut off any sales
in wafer fab equipment.
2. INTEL vs AMS
Continuing legal actions or threat of legal actions may be expected as the
industry becomes more conscious of trade secrets, and the problems of stealing
design as indicated in the January 6, 1976 Electronics Letter by Ben Rosen.
3. Fairchild has continually underestimated production processing problems in
MOS, and really needs some awfully good people right in the middle of the
problems to solve them.
4. MOS TECHNOLOGY vs MOTOROLA
MOS Technology is trying to decide whether to pay Motorola royalty or go to the
expense of fighting "Big 'M'". Either situation is bad news for a small
company. ICE has recieved word of spinoffs, but to our knowledge it has still
been difficult for them to become financed.
Corrigan leans heavily on Longo in conversations for his technical expertise.
I believe Corrigan wants to retain Longo, if at all possible. On the other hand,
Longo has not been a sufficient production disciplinarian and/or provided day-
to-day leadership for wafer operations. For example, it is rumored that after
coming back from Japan and seeing just how bad things were he just ranted and
raved over a weekend. Nothing much was accomplished.
6. LSI SYSTEMS
This company at one point was making a big bundle on watch chips, and obviously
will fluctuate with the economics of the watch market.
7. GORDON NESS
Gordon Ness is very adventurous. He has had fantastic staying power. We agree
that his his [sic] expertise is in marketing. (At one time Gordon Ness worked
for ICE in marketing.)
8. FAIRCHILD'S GAMESMANSHIP IN MICROPROCESSOR GAMES
We believe Hoefler is incorrectly informed. Mirco has a system utilizing the
Fairchild and the Motorola 6800.
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