AC #600 Integrated Circuit Engineering Collection Series 16

February 7, 1976   Description:

    A series of 1976 reviews of  Don Hoefler's Microelectronics News

    ICE Collection - Project File 10085 - February 20, 1976 - review of :

MICROELECTRONICS NEWSLETTER
February 7, 1976

1. DATA GENERAL
The type of publicity received by Data General can be very damaging for an in- house IC activity. It's more difficult to get good people for in-house facilities.

2. We have received several reports that Pierre Lamond is a candidate to head Motorola's integrated circuit operations. Local rumors are that discrete semi- conductors and integrated circuits will be separated into two division [sic]. Lamond is probably an excellent candidate. With his National Semiconductor background, he could be the right man for the Motorola job.

3. The appointment of Dick Blanchard is interesting, since there were a number of people considered for the job -- among them, Bob Norman, Phil Ferguson, and Ed Trapp.

4. PROJECTION TV
General Electric has developed a market for some huge TV projection system. It's likely that a better system would enjoy reasonable sales.

5. TOM LONGO
Various conversations with Longo and Corrigan still suggest that Corrigan would like to have Longo stay in a technological position. Whether this will be sufficient for Tom's ego or not, I don't know. There is no doubt that Phillips will change management at Signetics, since they haven't done well.

6. WESTERN DIGITAL
A number of fairly good people have been considered for the presidency of Western Digital. The interviewees report the biggest problem is trying to figure out whether Emerson or Digital Equipment Corporation is the boss, and no one really wants to get in that squeeze.

7. AMI
AMI apparently still has some problems, although they should be in about the best position with fairly heavy backlog of noncompetitive custom circuits.

8. WATCH MARKET
Offshore watch assemblers report that assembly business dropped to zero based upon Tlls $19.95 price announcement. Apparently, no one in the watch business wants to be caught with inventory. It is entirely possible that an overreaction may occur. This will make a better opportunity for TI's watch when it arrives. Timex will have to do something in the IC business to protect its low price watch position.

9. NATIONAL - LEGAL
The number two man at National, Mr. Jack Orlove, is a lawyer, and they are conscientious of all aspects of patent and other laws.

10. DR. TOM SANTORO
Dr. Santoro was well respected at Motorola, and is probably one of the better men in manufacturing. Again, an example of Motorola using virtually all of their good people. We heard from an ex-Motorola employee that they had moved two technicians to Austin with their families and fired them two days later. One of the wives was pregnant and the baby arrived two days after her husband had been fired. This type of thing is really hurting Motorola's morale.

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